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Cherished and Cursed: Louis Menand and Stephen J. Whitfield Discuss Salinger's Catcher in the Rye

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“But how so transparently charming a novel can also exercise a peculiar allure and even emit disturbing danger signals may serve as an entrée into post-war American culture…” So writes Stephen J. Whitfield on his landmark commentary on Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.

Stephen J. Whitfield’s article for the December 1997 issue of the The New England Quarterly, called “Cherished and Cursed: Toward a Social History of The Catcher in the Rye,” is considered one of the Journal’s most popular articles.

And, in light of Salinger’s recent passing, Louis Menand will be interviewing Whitfield in a new podcast.

Read Whitfield’s fascinating article, listen to the podcast, and join the discussion today!

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