Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Franny and Zooey
J D Salinger


A sharp and poignant snapshot of the crises of youth – from the acclaimed author of The Catcher in the Rye. “Everything everybody does is so – I don’t know – not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and – sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you’re conforming just as much only in a different way.”

First published in The New Yorker as two sequential stories in 1955 and 1957. The book was published in 1961, and is a dual portrait of the two youngest members of J D Salinger’s Glass family.

Paperback, 160pp
Penguin Books, 2010 (1955, 1957: 1961)
ISBN 9780241950449