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Search for J. D. Salinger

After reading about the death of J. D. Salinger we decided to go to NewspaperArchive and see what we could discover about him by reading articles published in some of America's historic newspapers about his first novel, The Catcher in the Rye which was published in 1951.

NewspaperARCHIVE.com has a large collection of online newspaper archives and all of the historical newspapers are full-page and fully searchable. To search the collection of historic newspapers we entered salinger and catcher in the rye and we further limited the search to articles published between 1951 and 1952.

Here is what we learned from the following newspapers:

Cedar Rapids Gazette

We learned from a review in the Cedar Rapids Gazette that this was Salinger's first novel and that he had started writing when he was about 15 years old.

Hutchison News-Herald

We learned in the Hutchison News-Herald that The Catcher in the Rye was a midsummer selection of the Book of the Month club in 1951. It appeared that J. D. Salinger was born in about 1920.

Bridgeport Telegram

In a July 15, 1951 article in the Bridgeport Telegram we learned that Jerome David Salinger was living in Westport, Connecticut, had graduated from a military school and attended 3 different colleges but received no degree. From 1942 to 1946 he was in the Army where he was a staff sergeant, participating in five campaigns from D-Day to the end of the war.

Finally we went to Ancestry.com and searched for both Jerome Salinger and David Salinger born in 1920 + or - 2 years. We found Salinger in a Public Member Tree and in the 1930 Census when he was living in Manhattan, New York. JD Salinger was born in Manhattan, New York on January 1, 1919 and his parents were Solomon and Marie "Mariam" Jillich Salinger.


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Ann - March 17th, 2011 at 2:12 PM

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Larry Ames - April 15th, 2010 at 10:57 AM

some new interesting information for me.


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marriage in 1960


Michelle Lewis - May 23rd, 2010 at 2:58 PM

A picture dated 1st Jan 1915 and signed CH Churchill, under the picture it says AUSTRIA; "That settles it! Now I shall be under the painful neccessity of punishing you."


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birth records 1926 Aug 22


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Looking for a Newspaper item for the birth of Lionel Weinstein on July 31, 1920


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Looking for a original news paper for my fathers 80th birthday. I need a los angeles times


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Death of Henry Lindeman Apr. 14, 1920, relatives


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Looking for a news paper of the 1920's that I can have a copy of for a party that I'm going to , before september 2010.


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I AM LOOKING FOR ANY REFERENCE TO AN OLD NEGRO FRIEND. HIS NAME WAS WAYNE KING. HE DIED SOMETIME IN THE 1980'S OR 1990'S, I THINK. HE LIVED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT HE WAS ACTIVE IN POLITICS. HE WAS MARRIED. HE WAS A FRIEND OF THE FIRST MAYOR OF WASHINGTON, D.C. WALTER FAUNTLEROY. HE MAY HAVE DRIVEN THE AUTO FOR THE MAYOR.


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marriage @1969 Midland Michigan






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