Here are some fun facts about The Catcher In The Rye courtesy of Wikipedia:
250,000 copies sold each year
65 million total sales to date
It is on Time’s list of 100 best English-language novels written since 1923
It was the most censored book in American High Schools every year from 1961-1982
It was on the 10 most frequently challenged books list from 1990-1999, 2005 and 2009
2009!! This book is 60 years old and people are still trying to get it thrown out of the classroom!
And maybe my favorite tidbit of information:
“In 2009 Salinger successfully sued to stop the U.S. publication of a novel that presents Holden Caulfield as an old man.” The book was called “60 Years Later: Coming Through The Rye” written by Fredrik Colting, a Swedish author.
And of course I had forgotten that J. D. Salinger had passed away in January of 2010. I wonder if his wife will finally loosen the reigns on the rights to allow for a stage adaptation or a movie at some point.