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Holden Caulfield

Holden Caulfield (born circa 1934) is a teenager from New York who narrates the events in The Catcher in the Rye.

As one of the most enduring characters in American literature, Holden has become a modern icon of coming-of-age stories and teenage rebellion, and is perhaps most recognized by the red hunting cap he wears.

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he eldest D.B., a war veteran turned writer; a younger brother named Allie, who died of leukemia at age 11; and the youngest Phoebe, who is six years younger than Holden. Holden mentions that their parents have different religions and he and his siblings are "sort of atheists".[1] He generally describes his childhood as "lousy".[2]

Before attending Pencey Preparatory School, Holden either quit or was expelled from three other schools, including Elkton Hills and Whooton School.[2]

Description Edit

During his final year at Pencey, Holden is 6'2'' tall and has gray hairs visible on his crew cut.[3] When the prostitute Sunny was describing Holden, he likened his appearance to the child actor Freddie Bartholomew.

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  1. Chapter 17
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chapter 1
  3. Chapter 2
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