The Hardback Centenary Edition Part of a beautiful, four-book series issued by Penguin to honour the centennial of the author’s birth, this hardback centenary edition of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is a worthy testament to a novel that changed the course of fiction. Originally published in 1951, with its frank, open delivery and subject of teenage alienation, The Catcher in the Rye instantly became a touchstone for disaffected youth. Holden Caulfield, the maelstrom of contradictions and repressed rage at the tale’s centre, emerges as an everyman for a disaffected generation, a boy adrift in time. Through a series of encounters – old friends, random strangers – Caulfield’s story is that of coming of age, a young man profoundly shocked by the understanding that all innocence must end. Viewed today, Salinger’s debut continues to pack a narrative punch and can be seen as one of the foundation works of a counter-culture that within two decades had transformed society. Like Kurt Vonnegut’s much-later Slaughterhouse-Five, The Catcher in the Rye is a tangential response to the horror and combat of the Second World War: like Vonnegut, Salinger was posted to Europe and witnessed atrocity that forever altered his worldview. In Holden Caulfield, he found a voice for that pain. Penguin’s centenary set – including The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and For Esme, with Love and Squalor – include artwork and text personally and painstakingly reassembled from the original editions by Hamish Hamilton’s publishing director, Simon Prosser. The series is presented with new endpapers and boards.
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- ISBN: 9780241984758
- Number of pages: 240
- Weight: 291g
- Dimensions: 205 x 137 x 22 mm