Creator: J. D. Salinger
J. D. Salinger (1919-2010) was the author of The Catcher in the Rye, as well as many short stories, two of which form his novella Franny and Zooey. He was famous for being reclusive and having numerous relationships with women in their late teens and early twenties, including writer Joyce Maynard.
Tropes that apply to J. D. Salinger:
- Author Avatar: Seymour Glass.
- Beige Prose: Catcher in the Rye could be considered one of the Trope Codifiers of this. Salinger was a huge fan of Ernest Hemingway so it would stand to reason. Also, reading through Catcher in the Rye, you would know that Holden would hate anything more than honest language.
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- Creator Thumbprint: Young children, often little girls, who are Wise Beyond Their Years.
- Documentary: 2013's Salinger
- Doing It for the Art: Salinger's stated reason for not publishing since the sixties. He wanted to write entirely for himself, unfettered by the demands of a large readership.
- Keep Circulating the Photocopies: In his lifetime, Salinger turned down publishers who wanted to republish short stories of his other than those collected in Nine Stories. So fans sought out the magazines in which these stories were first published.
- Married to the Job: As his children report, Salinger would often disappear for weeks on end in his personal writing shack.
- The Movie Buff: Despite Holden Caulfield's hatred of them, Salinger loved them, especially black and white classics.
- Reclusive Artist: Not completely; by all accounts Salinger had an active social life amongst his neighbors until his death, and would, on very rare occasions, grant interviews to the public. He's just what most people think of when they hear the trope's name.