Authors on the legacy of J.D. Salinger

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J.D. Salinger, author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” died yesterday at age 91. The critically acclaimed novel about teenage angst shocked and inspired the world of literature for decades, while its author refused interviews and eventually withdrew to a small town in New Hampshire.

We talk with two novelists about Salinger’s legacy and how it inspired them. Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of “Everything Is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” Frank Portman wrote “Andromeda Klein” and “King Dork,” a story based on a character fighting his peers’ obsession with “Catcher in the Rye.”

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