Sixty-two years ago this week (on July 16, 1951) a novel about a boy rambling through Manhattan after being booted from prep school – penned by a little-known writer – first appeared on bookstore shelves. Today, you know this book as 'The Catcher in the Rye,' a major 20th-century classic, a story that has been translated into almost all the world's major languages and has found recognition among all of them. Here, to mark the 52nd anniversary of 'Catcher,' are 10 memorable lines from its pages.
"But it wasn't just that he was the most intelligent member in the family. He was also the nicest, in lots of ways. He never got mad at anybody. People with red hair are supposed to get mad very easily, but Allie never did, and he had very red hair."
– Protagonist Holden Caulfield remembering his brother Allie
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