The Catcher in the Rye is an American classic novel written in 1951. The novel has become very popular with teenage readers for its themes of adolescent angst and alienation, although it was originally intended for a more mature audience. The Catcher in the Rye has been translated into most of the major languages of the world. 250,000 copies are sold every year with over 65 million copies total in print. Holden Caulfield, has become an icon for teenage rebellion and is the protagonist of the novel.
The Catcher in the Rye was included on Time Magazine's list of the 100 best English language novels written since 1923. It was also named by Modern Library as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003 the novel was listed at number 15 on the BBC's survey The Big Read. This classic American novel deals with complex issues of individuality, connection, belonging, and estrangement.