The world lost two major authors this week. Both JD Salinger and Howard Zinn passed away, leaving great legacies in both the literature and history fields.
JD Salinger was best know for his novel The Catcher in the Rye. Published in 1951 The Catcher in the Rye follows Holden Caulfield in the days following his expulsion from prep school. Written in a slangy vernacular voice, the novel has been widely popular with teenagers who emphasize with the novels themes of alienation from and distrust of the outside world.
Howard Zinn was a historian, teacher, activist, author and playwright. Best know for his book A People’s History of the United States 1492 – Present, Zinn focused on often ignored events of oppressed people, regardless of race or gender.
Need more information? The New York Times published an in-depth tribute and obituary of JD Salinger. You may find more information about JD Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye and Salinger’s other works in our Literature Resource Center database. You can read Howard Zinn’s obituary in the New York Times or visit Howard Zinn’s website to read more about his work, his activism and his books.
We set up a book display of both Salinger’s and Zinn’s books near the reference desk. Check them out!