The Many Incarnations of Holden Caulfield

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of J.D. Salinger’s much-beloved novel, The Catcher in the Rye. The book has been much argued over in the years since its publication, but no one can deny that it has influenced countless artists, writers and troubled teenagers and had a lasting impact on American culture.  Holden is in many ways the original angsty American teen, sex-obsessed and confused, and as a tribute to the occasion of his 60th (or should we say, 77th?) year, we’ve collected a few of our favorite Holden variations, incarnations and iterations here. Click through to see our list of troubled teens, social dropouts, misguided misanthropes and other heirs to our dear Holden Caulfield, and let us know how the man, the myth, the legend has affected your own inner life in the comments. But, of course, don’t be phony.

James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

Eddie, Shrevie, Boogie, Fen and Billy in Diner, 1982

Clay in Less Than Zero, by Bret Easton Ellis, 1985

Watanabe in Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami, 1987

Jason “J.D” Dean in Heathers, 1988