The Catcher in the Rye. J. D. Salinger. Cover artist E. Michael Mitchell. Little, Brown and Company, 1951. First edition. Original dust jacket.
Materialism, superficiality and a flawed education system are satirised by Salinger’s protagonist Holden Caulfield, who sees phonies in all facets of American society. An icon of teenage rebellion, Caulfield has appealed to generations of adolescents all over the world, who find in the book’s maligned hero a voice of alienation and revolt.