January 1, 1919-January 27, 2010
J.D. Salinger wrote one undeniable classic of a novel and then became almost as famous for his lack of literary productivity and reclusiveness. The Catcher in the Rye is still mandatory reading in most high school literature classes to this day. The callow yet world-weary main character, Holden Caulfield, has been the springboard for countless coming-of-age novels and movies for the last half century. And, as far as I know, The Catcher in the Rye has been the only novel that ever inspired a sad sack fruitcake loser to assassinate the world's most famous rock star.
J.D. Salinger died at home of natural causes.