Author J.D. Salinger, whose novel Catcher in the Rye has long been among the most popular and treasured titles in contemporary American literature, died Wednesday.
He was 91.
The author died of natural causes at his home in Cornish, N.H., his son said this morning in a statement released by Salinger's literary representative.
Notoriously private despite his fame, Salinger's last published work came in 1965, and he lived for the past several decades in self-imposed isolation.
Salinger earned his place in literary and pop culture history more than a half-century ago with his 1951 novel about rebellious teenager Holden Caulfield.
R.I.P. J.D. Salinger (1919-2010).