This Day in Jewish History, 1951 J.D. Salinger Publishes 'The Catcher in the Rye', Lives to Regret It

Sadly, the more explosively popular 'Catcher in the Rye' became, the more the world chased Jerome David Salinger - and the more he ran to hide.

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July 16, 1951, was the date J.D. Salinger’s monumentally successful novel “The Catcher in the Rye” was published. More than 60 years later, it still sells some quarter-million copies worldwide annually.