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J.D. Salinger Dies at 91 — Who Is Your Favorite Character?

Legendary author J.D. Salinger has died at the age of 91. Although the reclusive author shared little of himself with the public, generations grew up with a deep connection to his characters.

I always loved Holden Caufield, the cynical teenager whose fictional rite of passage became part of many real-life rites of passage. But many of Salinger's female characters were compelling too — from the unphony female characters in Catcher in the Rye to Franny Glass, who suffers an existential crisis in Franny and Zooey. And apparently the women in his books had real life counterparts — at the age of 53, Salinger had a year-long relationship with an 18-year-old Joyce Maynard, offering insight into why Salinger's heroines are chaste and captivating young women.

Out of all his characters, who is your favorite?

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janneth janneth 6 years
I idolized this reclusive author when I was a teen.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
It might be cliche, but Holden is definitely my favorite. His death made me sad :(
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 6 years
Seymour Glass. First and only time I actually fell in love with a literary character.
Cadet Cadet 6 years
I am Franny Glass.
Cadet Cadet 6 years
I am Franny Glass.
hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 6 years
Franny
hiptobesquare hiptobesquare 6 years
Franny
bbbunton bbbunton 6 years
my fav is holden.
bbbunton bbbunton 6 years
my fav is holden.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 6 years
My vote is for Seymour too!
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 6 years
My vote is for Seymour too!
Deidre Deidre 6 years
Definitely Bessie Glass, the mother of the family. I love the imagery of her padding around their apartment in her housecoat, worrying over everyone.
likethedirection likethedirection 6 years
Holden, for sure! So funny!
likethedirection likethedirection 6 years
Holden, for sure! So funny!
tellmemorex2 tellmemorex2 6 years
I've loved Holden & The Catcher in the Rye since I first read the book in 8th grade.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
I love his books too. I really liked Holden's little sis in The Catcher and the Rye, although I can't remember her name now. (Phoebe maybe?) Anyway I thought she was pretty cute and very clever
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Seymour in "A Perfect Day for Bananafish."
lauren lauren 6 years
Oh that is so sad! I love his books!
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