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Chapter 1

  1. 1. The Catcher in the Rye
  2. 2. J. D. Salinger <ul><li>Born January 1, 1919 </li></ul><ul><li>Salinger was a good student in grade school, but was dropped by his prep school for his failing grades. </li></ul><ul><li>He attended Valley Forge Military Academy, which was the model for his only novel, Catcher in the Rye . </li></ul><ul><li>It was at Valley Forge where he first began writing stories. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Salinger was drafted into the army in 1942, and a member of the Fourth Army division famous for the D-Day invasion. He was injured in the war and hospitalized in Germany for psychiatric treatment. He returned home to the United States in 1947. </li></ul><ul><li> In 1955 Salinger married Claire Douglas. They had two children, Matthew and Peggy. They were divorced in 1967. </li></ul><ul><li>Today Salinger lives alone in a cottage in New Hampshire. He refuses all interviews, and has not published a novel since the attention from Catcher in the Rye scared him years ago. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Chapter 1 <ul><li>Holden Caulfield, the narrator, begins the story at Pencey Prep School. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pencey Prep is this school that's in Agerstown, Pennsylvania.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ They advertise in about a thousand magazines, always showing some hotshot guy on a horse jumping over a fence. Like as if all you ever did at Pencey was play polo all the time. I never even once saw a horse anywhere near the place.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Holden is standing on a hill, watching the football game. </li></ul><ul><li>He has just returned from New York with the fencing team. </li></ul><ul><li>He had lost the foils and equipment on the subway, so there was no fencing match. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>“ The other reason I wasn't down at the game was because I was on my way to say good-by to old Spencer, my history teacher.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ He had the grippe (flu), and I figured I probably wouldn't see him again till Christmas vacation started.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ He wrote me this note saying he wanted to see me before I went home.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ He knew I wasn't coming back to Pencey.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>“I wasn't watching the game too much.” </li></ul><ul><li>“What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a good-bye. I mean I've left schools and places I didn't even know I was leaving them. I hate that.” </li></ul><ul><li>“I don't care if it's a sad goodbye or a bad goodbye, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. </li></ul><ul><li>“If you don't, you feel even worse.” </li></ul>
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