Author J.D. Salinger Dies at 91

The American author best known for giving a voice to Holden Caulfield, the teenage protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye, has died. J.D. Salinger was 91.

The reclusive author died of natural causes Wednesday at his home in New Hampshire, according to his literary agent. Salinger had stayed out of the limelight after the success -- and controversy -- of the 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye.

CBS News reports that although Salinger initially contemplated a theater production of his most famous novel, he turned down numerous offers for film or stage rights from the likes of Billy Wilder, Elia Kazan, Steven Spielberg and Harvey Weinstein.

Other published works by Salinger include Nine Stories and Franny and Zooey. His last published work, a novella entitled "Hapworth 16, 1924, appeared in The New Yorker on June 19, 1965.

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