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January 1, 1919-January 27, 2010
|On January 1, 1919, Jerome David Salinger was born to Sol and Miriam Salinger in New York, New York.
As if plucked out of a page from his most notable work, The Catcher in the Rye,
Salinger bounced from one academic institution to another despite his apparent intellect and talents.
From McBurney School in the Upper West Side and Valley Forge Military Academy to New York University and Columbia University,
it took Salinger many years to stumble upon his calling as a writer.
It was a teacher at Columbia University who encouraged Salinger to pursue his talents as a writer.
Professor Whit Burnett, editor at Storymagazine helped Salinger publish his first stories.
In the early 1940s, Salinger was drafted into the army. He fought in WWII during the years 1942-1944. During his time at war, he continued to write and develop the framework for one of the most recognizable coming of age novels of the twentieth century.
Although much of his life is a mystery, Salinger was married to Claire Douglas from 1955-1965. Together they had two children, Margaret and Matthew. Salinger mostly stayed out of the spotlight despite his success as an author. He passed away on January 27, 2010 in his home in New Hamshipre, which he shared with his wife, Colleen O'Neil.
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