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Clip: 'The Catcher in the Rye' as a Revolt Against the 1950s Writer and professor Elizabeth Frank describes the novel as a revolt against society.

“The Catcher in the Rye” is widely considered one of the best novels of the 20th century – and it is still hugely popular today. In this wide-ranging video collection from American Masters: Salinger, students learn about the enormous cultural impact of “The Catcher in the Rye” and the media frenzy that surrounded J.D. Salinger in the early 1960s.

Students will also learn about Salinger’s purpose for writing “The Catcher in the Rye” and how, by inhabiting his character, he was able to find a compelling authorial voice that allowed him to channel his critique of the adult world. Students follow not only the rise of his literary work, but also his decline and how his most famous book almost didn’t get published. LEARN:


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