American Masters

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American Masters, public television’s award-winning biography series, brings unique originality and perspective to exploring the lives and illuminating the creative journeys of our most enduring writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, dramatists and filmmakers – those who have left an indelible impression on our nation’s cultural landscape. This collection offers you access to classroom-ready videos and articles drawn from the Series broadcasts and website.

  • Timeline: 3 Days in NYC with Holden Caulfield

    Reading The Catcher in the Rye? See New York City through Holden Caulfield's eyes in the timeline 3 Days in NYC with Holden Caulfield. And be sure to tune in to SALINGER — American Masters‘ 200th episode — in early 2014. 

    Grades: 9-12
  • Cultural Phenomenon

    This video from American Masters: Salinger examines the widely popular novel The Catcher in the Rye and its mythic author, J.D. Salinger.

    Grades: 9-12
  • A Good Book, Not Just a Bestseller

    This video from American Masters: Salinger shows how J.D. Salinger approached the writing of The Catcher in the Rye, and describes the voice of Holden Caulfield, the narrator and protagonist of the novel. 

    Grades: 9-12
  • Salinger and His Critics

    This video from American Masters: Salinger describes the criticism and negative reaction to J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey and Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Reception of The Catcher in the Rye

    This video traces the reactions to The Catcher in the Rye, from editors of publishing companies to its worldwide success following publication.

    Grades: 8-12
  • The Role of Vedanta Hinduism in Salinger’s Writing

    This series of videos from American Masters: Salinger examines the influence of Vedanta Hinduism on Salinger’s life and how it informed his writing.

    Grades: 9-12
  • There Had Never Been a Voice Like That

    This video from American Masters: Salinger highlights the ways in whcih J.D. Salinger and his novel, The Catcher in the Rye, impacted American culture.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Impact of WWII on J.D. Salinger

    In this media gallery from American Masters: Salinger, learn about the impact WWII had on J.D. Salinger, the man and the artist.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Path to "The Catcher in the Rye"

    Follow the milestones in J.D. Salinger's career that led to his most famous book, The Catcher in the Rye.

    Grades: 8-12
  • J.D. Salinger: The Early Years

    In this media gallery from American Masters: Salinger, learn about Jerry Salinger—a young writer trying to find his voice and make it in New York.

    Grades: 9-12

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