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        Salinger and His Critics

        After the publication of Franny and Zooey in 1961 and Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction in 1963, J.D. Salinger’s appeal appeared to be on the decline as literary critics pointed out the shortcomings of his writing. John Updike said “Salinger loved his characters more than God loved them” while Gore Vidal spoke of the Glass family as “this ghastly, self-observant family, going on and on and on about everything of importance to them, which they assume is important to all the world.”


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