We had a discussion a little while back of Catcher in the Rye, but we should take note of the death of J.D. Salinger at the age of 91.. Adam Bernstein's blog at the Washington Post begins:
The news flashed across the wire in an appropriately enigmatic style: "Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger has died at age 91 in New Hampshire. No date of death, no cause of death, and it all came from a statement from the author's literary representative, quoting a surviving son.
Here's the Times lengthy obituary online; http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/books/29salinger.html?hp