Holden, JD, and the Red Cap – The Catcher in the Rye Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #7

In which John continues the discussion of JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. This week John reads the novel with Salinger’s life story in mind. John explores how Salinger’s war experience, educational background, and romantic life inform the events of Holden Caulfield’s life. How did Holden get to be such a whiny, self-absorbed teen? WhileContinue reading “Holden, JD, and the Red Cap – The Catcher in the Rye Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #7”

Language, Voice, and Holden Caulfield – The Catcher in the Rye Part 1: CC English Literature #6

In which John Green examines JD Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye. John pulls out the old school literary criticism by examining the text itself rather than paying attention to the biographical or historical context of the novel (that’s for next week). Listen, words matter. The Catcher in the Rye has managed to endureContinue reading “Language, Voice, and Holden Caulfield – The Catcher in the Rye Part 1: CC English Literature #6”

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