The classic novel ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, written by JD Salinger, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Its themes of teenage angst and alienation have made the book popular with many generations of adolescents with approximately 250,000 copies being sold every year.

Even if you’ve never read it, you can impress others with your knowledge of the book (and we won’t tell).

JD Salinger

It may never have been written
Salinger’s father wanted JD to follow in his footsteps and become a meat and cheese merchant so sent him to Austria to study. JD left after just a month not only turning his back on his father’s career but also escaping the start of World War II.

It began its life while Salinger was fighting
While Salinger was fighting during the second world war, he was also working on a version of the book. During this time he also met Ernest Hemingway.

Read more interesting facts about ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ here.