Salinger publishes his first story, ”The Young Folks,” in Story magazine.
Samuel Goldwyn releases My Foolish Heart, a terrible adaptation of a Salinger short story. It turns the author against selling the screen rights to his work ever again.
Beatrice Levin, a high school teacher in Tulsa, is nearly fired for assigning Catcher.
Salinger’s ”Hapsworth 16, 1924” appears in The New Yorker — the last thing he’ll ever publish.
When the story ”For Rupert?With No Promises” is published anonymously in Esquire, rumors fly that Salinger is the author.
Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s assassin, claims to be obsessed with Catcher.
John Hinckley Jr. attempts to kill President Reagan; police find a copy of Catcher in his hotel room.
In W.P. Kinsella’s novel Shoeless Joe (made into Field of Dreams), the protagonist kidnaps Salinger.
1994 – 2000
The family in TV’s Party of Five is named Salinger.
In Jerry Maguire, Tom Cruise’s character types up a manifesto with a cover that looks like Catcher‘s.
The main characters in Chasing Amy, Holden and Banky, are named after Caulfield and the basketball coach at Pencey Prep.
In Conspiracy Theory, Mel Gibson plays a taxi driver compelled to buy Catcher whenever he sees it.
Tobey Maguire’s character in Pleasantville reads Catcher.
Joyce Maynard auctions off the letters Salinger wrote her for over $150,000.
Salinger’s Glass family is the inspiration for Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums.
Catcher celebrates its 50th anniversary, having sold over 60 million copies.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in The Good Girl calls himself Holden and reads Catcher obsessively.
Salinger sues to stop publication of 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, a sequel to his classic novel written by a Swedish fan.