The writer who created the angst-ridden teenage hero of Catcher in the Rye has passed away at the age of 91. Teenagers in the six decades the novel has been in publication devoured the story, first as contraband, later as required reading.
None of his handful of books were filmed. The infamously reclusive Salinger resisted such offers from Hollywood producers and directors, many of whom he outlived.
Put it down to the power of the printed word in the hands of a gifted wordsmith.
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia .