Catcher in the Rye

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On the 1940's and 1950's:

American culture in the 1940s (Copy: 34180006001994) 306 FOEAmerican culture in the 1950s (Copy: 34180006002000) 306 HAL

On Holden Caulfield:

Holden Caulfield (Copy: 34180000112978) LIT. RES. 809 SALHolden Caulfield (Copy: 34180000305182) LIT. RES. 809 SAL

On J.D. Salinger:

J. D. Salinger : a life (Copy: 34180006001192) LIT. RES. 809 SALJ. D. Salinger : The Last Interview and Other Conversations. (Copy: 34180006007132) LIT. RES. 809 SALJ.D. Salinger (Copy: 34180000107322) Lit. Res. 809 SalingerJ.D. Salinger, revisited (Copy: 34180000112899) LIT. RES. 809 SAL

Literary Criticism:

J.D. Salinger's The catcher in the rye (Copy: 34180000113039) LIT. RES. 809 SALNew Essays in The Catcher in the Rye. (Copy: 34180000300018) LIT. RES. 809 SALUnderstanding the catcher in the rye (Copy: 34180000301536) LIT. RES. 809 SALBloom's how to write about J.D. Salinger (Copy: 34180000303024) LIT. RES. 809 SALThe Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger (Copy: 34180000305971) LIT. RES. 809 SALCritical companion to J.D. Salinger : a literary reference to his life and work (Copy: 34180000307015) LIT. RES. 809 SALCritical essays on Salinger's The catcher in the rye (Copy: 34180000113056) LIT. RES. 809 SALNovels for students. Vol. 1 : presenting analysis, context and criticism on commonly studied novels (Copy: 34180000309047) 810.6 NOV v. 1

Niche Topics:

Men in the middle : searching for masculinity in the 1950s (Copy: 34180006002729) 305.3 GILDepression in J.D. Salinger's The catcher in the rye (Copy: 34180000303593) LIT. RES. 809 SALAlienation (Copy: 34180000304158) LIT. RES. 809 BLOComing of age (Copy: 34180000306544) LIT. RES. 809 BLODate rape (Copy: 34180000301633) 362.883 HalMasculinity : gender roles, characteristics and coping (Copy: 34180006002646) 305.31 MASSame difference : how gender myths are hurting our relationships, our children, and our jobs (Copy: 34180000305717) 305.3 BAR

Emotions, The Brain, and Memory:

Emotional design : why we love (or hate) everyday things (Copy: 34180000302956) 155.9 NORThe pleasure instinct : why we crave adventure, chocolate, pheromones, and music (Copy: 34180000304538) 152.4 WALHow emotions are made : the secret life of the brain (Copy: 34180004002689) 152.4 BARInventing ourselves : the secret life of the teenage brain (Copy: 34180004004131) 612.6 BLAThe adolescent brain : learning, reasoning, and decision making (Copy: 34180004004933) 155.5 ADOBad childhood -- good life : how to blossom and thrive in spite of an unhappy childhood (Copy: 34180000307320) 158.1 SCH

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A Day in the 1950's

Daily Life Through History:
Provides info on all aspects of daily life from antiquity through the present day from reference works, monographs, and primary documents. Search by era, region, or subject. Weblinks to multimedia sites, video, and audio files are available.
Go to ABC-Clio Social Studies Databases and then click on Daily Life (choose the years you want),

Biography Reference Center (Ebsco):

For information on the author, click on the link in the title above, and sign in (use the login and PW from the online resources sheet). Then, scroll down to Biography Reference Center and search for the author's name.

Classroom Video On Demand:

Videos searchable by subject (ie, "Salinger" or "1950").

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL):

An ebook collection of over 300 reference resources in all subject areas. The articles are reproduced exactly as the print edition. Sign in and look for your search terms.
Create a Google Earth Lit Trip
OR you can see a Catcher in the Rye Lit Trip that has already been created- go to, put your email address down, and select "The Catcher in the Rye" from the drop down menu, and you will be emailed a link to view the Lit Trip.
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Infobase: Blooms Literature

Sign in and look for your search terms "Catcher in the Rye" (or whatever you are looking for) to find numerous articles and criticism. You can search byCriticism, Images, Videos, Timelines, and Reference

JSTOR - Database of Academic Journals:

A collection of journals and ebooks on a variety of topics. Searchable by subject, title, publisher, or via libguides.

Literary Reference Center Database (EBSCO):

Literary Reference Center is a rich full-text literary database covering all genres and timeframes. It includes thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals and author biographies.*Log into Ebsco, then scroll down to Literary Reference Center

Lit. Crit. Ebooks - Gale

Log into Gale, then search for Salinger or "Catcher in the Rye". You can select an ebook for your research, and then search it using the index or table of contents. These are full textbook-style books. Students also have the option to listen to the content via the “Listen” button at the top of each page, and can print out selections as well.

Lit. Crit. Ebooks - Salem Press

Offers critical approaches, and critical insight into select themes, authors, and works, as well as Cyclopedias of Literary Characters & Places and an introduction to literary context.

Pop Culture Universe: The 1950's

A host of factors came together in the decades after World War II that gave the group of young Americans between 31-19 a more unified status and defined culture. Part of the reason was the general struggles of any adolescent to find his or her place in the world. But in the 1950s, for the first time, that struggle became part of the national culture. Topics include Books & Literature, Film, Television & Radio, Music, Performing Arts & Theater, Visual Arts, Sports, Recreation & Leisure, Clothing & Fashion, Food & Drink, and more!

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center (Gale):

An online database featuring reprinted articles from books, magazine articles, and websites with comprehensive information on social issues arguing both sides pro and con. Audio files are included. Within OV is another database that includes related activities on critical thinking. Great resource when considering themes and issues in Catcher in the Rye

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