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|Links for Catcher in the Rye|
Exploring Catcher in the Rye -- This is a wonderful site that includes an index of references in the book, a photo tour, and art gallery and more. Unfortunately, it is on a limited-access site and gets so many hits that you sometimes can't view the site because it has exceeded its data transfer limit. View when you can. [Go here for the index when this site is down.]
New York Times Featured Author -- This page collects reviews of the novel over the years, with links to related articles from the newspaper. You have to register to login, but registration is free.
Fan Site -- This fan site has some interesting links and a unique impression of the book. •
What Salinger Means to Me -- National Public Radio obituary, also links to related NPR stories.
“In Search of J. D. Salinger” -- People overview, with pictures (6 June 1988).
New York Times July 15, 1951 -- Original Release
With Love and 20-20 Vision -- Original Release, Time Magazine, 1951.
Holden Today - Still in the Rye by Stefen Kanfer -- Time Essay as an update on Holdens post-novel life.
Holden, 50, Still Catches by Fred Bratman -- New York Times retrospective and analysis of novels impact.
Get a Life, Holden Caulfield by Jennifer Schuessler -- Ostensibly about the restraining order on a Catcher parody, this article focuses on whether or not the book is relevant to modern readers.
Aw, the Worlds a Crumby Place by James Stern -- parody review of the novel.
The Dimwitted Legacy of Holden Caulfield by George Will -- Chicago Sun-Times retrospective analysis of novels impact by George Will, in imitation of Holdens Style.
“Of Teen Angst and an Authors Alienation by Michiko Kakutani -- An appraisal and retrospective of the novels influence.
Cover as requested and specified by J. D. Salinger
Love and Death in The Catcher in the Rye by Peter Shaw -- offers a psychoanalytic interpretation of Holdens social observations and mental state, placing his actions and emotions in the context of the peculiar patterns of adolescent crisis.
Kings in the Back Row: meaning Through Structure - A Reading of Catcher in the Rye by Carl F. Strauch -- analyzes the novels symbolic structure through language, motif, episode, and character.
Holden at Fifty: The Catcher in the Rye and what it spawned by Louis Menard -- An analysis of the impact and reputation of the novel over a fifty-year period.
Just for Fun
Fan Fiction -- Alternate endings, added chapters, other fiction in the style or on the subject of Catcher.
Fisher-Price Theater -- Go here for an intriguing comic book version of the novel.
Bunch of Phonies Mourn J. D. Salinger -- Onion obituary.
Phonies! Movies Inspired by J. D. Salinger -- a photo-show from Time.
The Gospel According to Holden -- Newsweek article Holdens influence on pop culture, crime, even linguistics.
“In Search of Serious Hats” by Lance Morrow -- reflective essy on the symbolism of hats (25 April 1983, Time).
Assignments for the Novel
Teaching Poster: Design a poster designed to teach your classmates about the novel.
In Holden’s Syle: Creative writing assignment emulating Holdens style.
Writing about Literature: Directions for your essay on The Catcher in the Rye.
ABC Book: Group project to create an alphabet book using characters, symbols, events, etc. from The Catcher in the Rye.
Understanding Character: Using the handout, analyze Holdens character and use your analysis and imagination to determine appropriate answers for each of these strange questions.
Poetry Project: Creative writing assignment requiring four original poems derived from The Catcher in the Rye (limerick, ode, viewpoint, and found).
Character Poems: Compose a series of poems and/or songs in the voices of characters from the novel. You may want to imagine that you have been hired to turn the novel into a musical or even a modern opera.
*SPECIAL NOTE: Prestwick House offers Levels of Understanding, a unit based on Bloom’s Taxonomy which includes leveled writing assignments for each chapter, as well as a very useful introduction and teacher guide. I rarely recommend commercial products like this, but definitely worth the $25.00 for 183 pages.