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J.D. Salinger
Born January 1, 1919 in New York
Education
• Went to Valley Forge Military Academy in
Wayne, Pennsylvania
• Attended Ursinus College in Pennsylvania
Professor Whit Burnett
• Salinger met Professor Whit Burnett at
Colombia University in New York
• Burnett inspired Salinger to begin publishing
articles to famous magazines Story, Collier’s,
and Saturday Evening Post.
Army
• Served in the army for World War II from
1942-1944
• Participated in the Normandy Invasion and
Battle of the Bulge during his service
Marriage
• Married Sylvia Welter in 1946
• Salinger separated with Welter eight months
after their marriage
• In 1946 Salinger tried to publish a collection of
20 of Salinger’s short stories named The Young
Folks
• The Young Folks failed to publish, and Burnett
and Salinger ended their friendship
Bananafish
• Salinger’s story “A Perfect Day For Bananafish”
was published in The New Yorker in 1947
which began his fame
• Salinger published seven separate short
stories about the Glasses, a family from “A
Perfect Day For Bananafish”
Film
• The film adaptation of Salinger’s story
“Wiggily” was released in 1949 but negatively
reviewed
Catcher and the rye
• In 1951, Salinger’s most famous
book “The Catcher In The Rye”
was published to sales success
and neutral critical reviews
• “The Catcher In The Rye”
eventually became very wellreceived and is now considered
like a classic
Claire Douglas
• In 1955, Salinger married Claire Douglas
• Salinger had two children with Douglas:
Margaret (1955) and Matthew (1960)
Salinger published Franny and Zooey
(1961) and Rise High the Roof Beam,
Carpenters and Seymour: An
Introduction (1963)
Death
• Salinger died in 2010 at the age of 91

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J.D. Salinger's Life and Works

  • 2. Born January 1, 1919 in New York
  • 3. Education • Went to Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania • Attended Ursinus College in Pennsylvania
  • 4. Professor Whit Burnett • Salinger met Professor Whit Burnett at Colombia University in New York • Burnett inspired Salinger to begin publishing articles to famous magazines Story, Collier’s, and Saturday Evening Post.
  • 5. Army • Served in the army for World War II from 1942-1944 • Participated in the Normandy Invasion and Battle of the Bulge during his service
  • 6. Marriage • Married Sylvia Welter in 1946 • Salinger separated with Welter eight months after their marriage
  • 7. • In 1946 Salinger tried to publish a collection of 20 of Salinger’s short stories named The Young Folks • The Young Folks failed to publish, and Burnett and Salinger ended their friendship
  • 8. Bananafish • Salinger’s story “A Perfect Day For Bananafish” was published in The New Yorker in 1947 which began his fame • Salinger published seven separate short stories about the Glasses, a family from “A Perfect Day For Bananafish”
  • 9. Film • The film adaptation of Salinger’s story “Wiggily” was released in 1949 but negatively reviewed
  • 10. Catcher and the rye • In 1951, Salinger’s most famous book “The Catcher In The Rye” was published to sales success and neutral critical reviews • “The Catcher In The Rye” eventually became very wellreceived and is now considered like a classic
  • 11. Claire Douglas • In 1955, Salinger married Claire Douglas • Salinger had two children with Douglas: Margaret (1955) and Matthew (1960)
  • 12. Salinger published Franny and Zooey (1961) and Rise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (1963)
  • 13. Death • Salinger died in 2010 at the age of 91