US literary icon dead at 91

Literary hermit and American icon JD Salinger is dead.

The author of The Catcher in the Rye, died at his New Hampshire home on Wednesday (local time), aged 91.

The Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951 and became an immediate and controversial best seller making him one of the most famous authors on the planet.

He shunned the fame and spent the last 50 years of his life avoiding the notoriety his work brought him.

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RIP Mr Salinger. No doubt this will reignite debates over the relevance of his work, although one can't help but feel sorry for those who still haven't read it, or worse, have done so and not understood it. As Mr Caulfield himself would no doubt remark: Goddamn phonies.

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RIP Mr Salinger. No doubt this will reignite debates over the relevance of his work, although one can't help but feel sorry for those who still haven't read it, or worse, have done so and not understood it. As Mr Caulfield himself would no doubt remark: Goddamn phonies.

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RIP Mr Salinger. No doubt this will reignite debates over the relevance of his work, although one can't help but feel sorry for those who still haven't read it, or worse, have done so and not understood it. As Mr Caulfield himself would no doubt remark: Goddamn phonies.

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