Mr. Ayer's
Catcher in the Rye

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Catcher in the Rye chronological review activity from class: Catcher in the Rye chronological review.doc
Sample 'Catcher' project video shown in class: Catcher in the Rye Project.wmv

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ASSIGNMENT: In the discussion tab above on this page, you have the responsibility of sharing your thoughts on the following article. Click on the link, read the article (from The New York Times back on June 21, 2009), and then add your thoughts. Do you agree with Schuessler? Disagree? Have something else to say related to the stream of thought shared by The Times's writer? Each of you must post at least one well organized, one paragraph response. I'll be looking forward to the debate (remember, keep it appropriate and open-minded).
To read "Get a Life, Holden" by Jessica Schuessler, click below:
"Get a Life, Holden"


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Recent articles about Catcher in the Rye:
New York Times (Sept. 7, 2008):

Reviews in Salinger's day:
New York Times (1951) by James Stern:
Aw, the World's a Crumby Place by James Stern.doc
Time Magazine (1951)
New York Times (1951) by Nash Burger:
Books of the Time by Nash K. Burger.doc
The Plainsman Review (1962):

The novel in historical context: The 1950s
American Cultural History: 1950-1959:

Where is Salinger today?
New York Times (1980):
Where to Find the Sequel to The Catcher in the Rye by Laurie Johnston & Albin Krebs.doc

Attempts to ban it; these articles give us a glimpse of how Salinger's novel has been received over the years.
New York Times (1962):
The library, the child, and the censor.pdf
New York Times (1977):
Help of fundamentalist minister sought.pdf
New York Times (1977):
New Jersey briefs; school refuses to ban catcher.pdf
New York Times (1977):
Use of salingers catcher in the rye in salem.pdf

The American Library Association's top 100 banned/challenged books of the past century:

Want more Salinger? Click here to read his Nine Stories, including "A Perfect Day for Bananafish":
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Other articles about Salinger:
J.D. Salinger Speaks About His Silence by Lacey Fosburgh.doc
Holden - 50 - Still Catches by Fred Bratman.doc
J. D. Salinger Files Impersonation Lawsuit.doc
The Dimwitted Legacy of Catcher in the Rye by George F. Will (Jul. 1, 2001).pdf
Holden at Fifty - The Catcher in the Rye and What it Spawned by Louis Menand (Oct. 1, 2001).pdf

Odds and ends for AFTER you've read the book:
Fisher-Price version of 'Catcher in the Rye' in comic book format