Continuum Readers Guides are clear, concise and accessible introductions to classic literary texts. Each book explores the themes, context, criticism and influence of key works, providing a practical introduction to close reading and guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of the text. Ideal for undergraduate students, the guides provide an essential resource for anyone who needs to get to grips with a literary text. J. D. Salinger's 1951 novel, The Catcher in the Rye, is the definitive coming-of-age novel and one of the most controversial, and successful, books of post-war America. Holden Caulfield remains one of the most famous characters in modern literature and has been a favourite for generations of students. This jargon-free study opens up ways of thinking about the novel, both in terms of wider context but also in close analysis. This introduction to the text is the ideal companion to study, offering guidance on: Literary and historical context Language, style and form Reading The Catcher in the Rye Critical reception and publishing history Adaptation and interpretation Further reading

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