American Masters

"The Catcher in the Rye" as a Revolt Against the 1950s

Clip: Season 26 | 2m 2s

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and professor Elizabeth Frank credits J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye" with pointing out the dreariness and hypocrisy of the early 1950's. "I think that The Catcher in the Rye was a very revolutionary book for the America of of the early 1950's. It truly was an era of conformity. I remember the 50s and I'm glad that they're over with."

Aired: 01/21/14

Rating: TV-14

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