JD Salinger passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Salinger is most well known for his book Catcher in the Rye, today considered to be an important American book and example of modern American literature. The main character of the book, Holden Caulfield, has become a famous example of an anti-hero and youth rebellion.
Salinger largely avoided the limelight, as he had virtually secluded himself after the publication of his last work in the 1960s. He had been fiercely opposed to adapting his work in other means, similar to Bill Watterson's approach to his own work. Supposedly he has a large number of unpublished work that he never released as he had said writing was for his own enlightenment.
Salinger's last appearance in the public scene was his voice against an attempted "sequel" to Catcher in the Rye.
Howard Zinn also died yesterday at the age of 87. Howard Zinn was most known for his social history textbook, A People's History of the United States. At the time of its publication in 1980, Zinn had challenged a status quo of history procedure by highlighting often overlooked parts of American history, and overturning the white-washed reputations of past figures. He had set a precedent for critical interpretation of American history in an increasingly hostile atmosphere to things that would possibly hamper "American exceptionalism". Zinn was fairly outspoken in his own political views and was along with Noam Chomsky one of the most notable American left-wing intellectuals.
46 and 2, are just ahead of me
23rd September 2004
Big losses, but they both made an impact on American culture and social thought.
Zinn was a very smart individual who may have had some questionable revolutionary views, but I agree with a lot of what he has said. Between him and Chomsky, they are definitely at the top of political/social philosophy.
Yea, definitely. I think they occupied interesting spots in American society.
Though at least they lived long enough, it is worse if you die at a young age.