1951 - The novel Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger published.
The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J. D. Salinger. First published in the United States in 1951, the novel remains controversial to this day. It was the 13th most frequently challenged book of the 1990s, according to the American Library Association. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, it has become one of the most famous literary works of the 20th century, and standard high-school curriculum across the United States.