The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J. D. Salinger, published in 1951. It was originally intended for adults, but is often read by adolescents for its themes of angst and alienation, and as a critique on superficiality in society. It has been translated widely, and around one million copies are sold each year, with total sales of more than 65 million books.
The novel's protagonist, Holden Caulfield, has become an icon for teenage rebellion. The novel also deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, connection, sex, and depression.
The novel was included on Time Magazine's 2005 list of the '100 Best English-Language Novels Written Since 1923', and it was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the '100 Best English-Language Novels of the 20th Century.' In 2003, it was listed at #15 on the BBC's survey 'The Big Read.'