Cultural references to the novel The Catcher in the Rye

Cultural references to the novel The Catcher in the Rye

The 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger has had a lasting influence[1][2] as it remains both a bestseller[3] and a frequently challenged book.[3][4][5] Numerous works in popular culture have referenced the novel.[6][7] Factors contributing to the novel's mystique and impact include its portrayal of protagonist Holden Caulfield;[1] its tone of sincerity;[1] its themes of familial neglect,[8] tension between teens and society,[3][8] and rebellion;[8] its previous banned status;[9] and Salinger's reclusiveness.[1]

The Catcher in the Rye has inspired "rewrites" which have been said to form their own genre.[10] On the other hand, there are examples of similarities between the novel and other works that were not intended by their authors,[8][11][12] which suggests that the novel is "present, at least spiritually, in ... any story line that involves quirky young people struggling to find their places in a society prone to reward conformity and condemn individuality."[3]

While the novel is linked to several murders and murder attempts, it has been claimed that the novel's overall effect on society is "far more positive than negative."[3]

The novel also helped popularize the slang verb "screw up".[13]



The most well-known event associated with The Catcher in the Rye is arguably Mark David Chapman's murder of John Lennon[14] Chapman identified with the novel's narrator to the extent that he wanted to change his name to Holden Caulfield. On the night he shot Lennon, Chapman was found with a copy of the book in which he had written "This is my statement" and signed Holden's name.[15] Later, he read a passage from the novel to address the court during his sentencing.[16] Daniel Stashower speculated that Chapman had wanted Lennon's innocence to be preserved by death, inspired by Holden's wish to preserve children's innocence despite Holden's later realization that children should be left alone.[16]

After John Hinckley, Jr.'s assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan in 1981, police found The Catcher in the Rye among half a dozen other books in his hotel room.[17]

Robert John Bardo, who murdered Rebecca Schaeffer, was carrying the book when he visited Schaeffer's apartment in Hollywood on July 18, 1989.[18]

As numerous murders have been speculated to be connected to the novel, the main character of the film Conspiracy Theory is a paranoid skeptic with an uncontrollable urge to purchase it.[15]


Although Salinger had refused a film adaptation, many Hollywood films have based characters on Holden Caulfield.[8][19] Holden has been identified as "one of the most reproduced characters on film." Furthermore, many such films reference each other.[20]

Anthony Caputi, a specialist in dramatic literature at Cornell University, claims that the novel inspires both "variations" and "imitations", comparing it with several coming-of-age films.[8]

While screenwriter Mike White thought the influence of the novel may rise in Hollywood,[8] former CEO of The WB Jordan Levin said that the Academies behind the Emmys have lost touch with public tastes like Catcher in the Rye.[21]

  • Rebel Without a Cause (1955) is widely regarded as one of the first American films to delve into teenage psyche, and there are several similarities to 'Catcher in the Rye', such as both works being told from the perspective of an aimless teenage boy with a troubled family life who is struggling with growing up. Other similarities include doomed teenage romance, living in a metropolitan area, and homosexual interpretations.
  • In Annie Hall (1977), Woody Allen says that he only has books with the word "death" or "dying" in them. Diane Keaton holds a copy of The Catcher in the Rye and says, "What about this one?"
  • The film Taxi Driver (1976) follows Travis Bickle, who seems to be a representation of Holden Caulfield, only older and more confrontational. The list of similarities is long, from analyzing the fact that both of them obsess over women and try to protect the innocence of children, to the fact that both of them purchase a prostitute without actually having sex with her. They both live in New York City, and though they only see all of the filth in the city (as they are incredibly pessimistic), and vow to leave, neither of them actually departs.
  • In The Shining (1980), Wendy is seen reading the novel, a foreshadowing of alienation similar to that of Holden.[23]
  • The 1989 film Field of Dreams is based on the W. P. Kinsella book Shoeless Joe. In the film, one key subplot involves the main character, Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner), kidnapping noted radical book author Terence Mann (played by James Earl Jones). The Mann character is described as having written some of the most controversial books of the 1960s, including The Boat Rocker. In the original book that this film is based on, the Kinsella character actually kidnaps Salinger. According to the DVD extras, the author and the film producers acknowledge the fact that Salinger begrudgingly allowed his namesake to be used as a character in the book, but asked that he not be portrayed on film in Field of Dreams. So the producers and screenwriter Phil Alden Robinson, in consultation with the author Kinsella, changed the Salinger role to that of the fictional Mann. In a direct homage to the book, the Mann character initially denies, then admits, about using the name John Kinsella in one of his short stories, and that John Kinsella is the name of Ray's father. Salinger used both the name Ray Kinsella in a short story, and later the name Richard Kinsella as one of Holden Caulfield's classmates in The Catcher in the Rye.
  • The rogue teacher in The Substitute film recommends the book to his delinquent students shortly before he proceeds to pummel them.
  • In Conspiracy Theory (1997), Mel Gibson's character is programmed to buy the novel whenever he sees it, though he never actually reads it.[15]
  • In Chasing Amy (1997), Holden McNeil is named after Holden Caulfield and Banky Edwards is named after Ed Banky, the basketball coach at Pencey.
  • In Finding Forrester (2000), William Forrester is the reclusive writer from New England who wrote 1 great book "Avalon Landing" and left the public wanting more and wanting answers. The plot has been used many times but references about youth and loss of Forrester's book can clearly be paralleled to Salinger's work. Also being Set in NYC and a very well known prep school are both main settings for CIR.
  • Chasing Holden (2001) is named after Holden Caulfield.[30] The protagonist Neil relates his life to Holden's, skips class to go to New York City, goes on a road trip to New Hampshire to find J. D. Salinger, and contemplates killing Salinger with a gun.[31]
  • Screenwriter Mike White regards the novel as "part of a literary trend that goes back to Goethe's 'The Sorrows of Werther' (1774) ... I don't think Salinger discovered it. He just did the quintessential American version."[8] He thought the influence of the novel may rise in Hollywood,[8] and two of his 2002 films reflect this. In Orange County, protagonist Shaun searches for the professor who wrote the book that changed his life.[8]
  • Igby Goes Down (2002), originally intended to be a novel, has been interpreted as being inspired by The Catcher in the Rye,[19][20][32][33] but director and screenwriter Burr Steers said it is not a direct influence and the story is more of an autobiography.[8] On the influence of The Catcher in the Rye, Steers "liken[s] it to being a musician and being influenced by the music ingrained in you, like the Beatles."[8]


  • In the TV series Criminal Minds the episode "The Last Word" had two killers that were communicating through classified ads in the local paper using aliases from The Catcher in the Rye aliases.[citation needed]
  • In the episode "Reality Bites Me" in Pretty Little Liars, Toby Cavanaugh is repeatedly shown reading The Catcher in the Rye.
  • In season one of 8 Simple Rules, after getting her heart broken, Bridget says that she wants to be caught, like in Catcher In The Rye, referencing how he was running around the field wanting to catch all of the kids.
  • In the Boy Meets World episode "Poetic License: An Ode to Holden Caulfield", Shawn has written a poem called "An Unpublished Manuscript for J.D. Salinger". Without knowing the author, Cory asks, "And haven't we had just about enough of Catcher in the Rye? I mean, what's Salinger written lately?"

  • Catcher in the Rye was mentioned four times on the FOX sitcom, Family Guy:
    • On the DVD version of the episode, "Peterotica," one of the erotic novels Peter writes is called "Catcher in the Eye."
    • On the season eight episode, "Jerome is the New Black," during Quagmire's rant about everything he hates about Brian, Quagmire brings up the fact that Brian buys women copies of Catcher in the Rye, then lectures them on how deep and complex Holden Caufield was, when in reality (according to Quagmire), Caufield was a spoiled brat whom Brian foolishly idolizes.
    • There is also a recurring character who repeatedly claims that Peter is a "big fat phony", a term that is used repeatedly in the novel.
    • In the episode "Hannah Banana", Chris was doing a book report on The Catcher in the Rye however he was only describing it as being about a catcher in the rye, taking the title in a literal sense.
  • The Dilbert episode "The Return", the telephone operator for the "Comp-U-Comp" computer company uses the pseudonyms "Holden Caulfielder" and "Caulden Holdenphone" when Dilbert calls him to ask about the delivery of an incorrect item.
  • The South Park episode "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs" is centered on Catcher in the Rye's controversial reputation (particularly when Butters becomes brainwashed into killing John Lennon and Ronald Reagan after reading it), how its place in literature as a "banned book" is called into question in modern times (Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny read the book, fail to see what's so shocking about it, and, in fact, write the titular book with the sole purpose of getting it banned in mind), and how the story (like many others) has been over-analyzed and interpreted by critics and readers.
  • ITV's television series Kingdom includes a reference to The Catcher in the Rye in an episode. In the episode, young lawyer Lyle Anderson, referring to another resident of the town used as the setting for the series, Market Shipborough, states that "He could be in the church tower with a copy of Catcher in the Rye and a sniper rifle before you know it."
  • Drake, one of the main protagonists of the children's television series "Drake & Josh" had said in an episode when the English teacher asked him "What is your favorite 20th century novel"? with "The Catcher in the Rye".
  • In the anime series "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex", the main antagonist's logo has the quote "I thought what I'd do was I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes", the character is named after Salinger's short story The Laughing Man. The series also makes references to "The Secret Goldfish" which was a fictional story by Holden Caufield's brother in the novel.

Video games

  • In the action game Postal 2, one of the errands is to return a library book titled Catch Her in the Eye.
  • In the game Love Plus, bookish high school student Rinko Kobayakawa quotes from The Catcher in the Rye" at one point, referring to the relationship between Holden Caulfield and his sister Phoebe. It is noteworthy that Kobayakawa herself resembles Holden Caulfield in her contemptuous attitude towards society and those around her.
  • In the video game Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, there is an Achievement/Trophy named 'Catcher in the Rye.'
  • Final Fantasy Mystic Quest pays homage with characters named Phoebe and Spencer.


  • John Fowles's 1963 novel The Collector uses The Catcher in the Rye as "one of the most brilliant examples of adolescence" in popular culture, possibly under a moral light.[35] In it, Miranda encourages her kidnapper Clegg to read Catcher, thinking he might relate to Holden Caulfield's alienation.[15] However, Clegg finds Holden's actions unrealistic given Holden's wealth and status, and "[doesn't] see much point in it." In the film adaptation of The Collector, this conversation and Clegg's attitude toward the novel and popular culture is subdued.[36] The Collector novel has itself been linked to several serial killers.[15]
  • John Self, the first person narrator and protagonist of Martin Amis's novel Money (novel) is given The Catcher in the Rye (as well as 1984 and Animal Farm) and considers it to be "a first-class book in my view, most powerfully and elegantly written". The novel echoes Self's own drunken excesses in New York.
  • Lawrence Block wrote a novel called Burglar in the Rye (1999) in his series on burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr. The plot focuses on an auction of a reclusive writer's letters,[37] and Bernie works to track down the character based on J. D. Salinger.
  • The Frank Portman novel King Dork is centered around "life changing" books, The Catcher in the Rye most prominently. The protagonist is arguably a Holden Caulfield-esque outcast, but at the same time hates The Catcher in the Rye. The protagonist criticises fans of the book, calling them the Catcher Cult, and says that pretending to love The Catcher in the Rye is a surefire way to get better grades. However, in the end he says that he likes the novel. A reference to the book is King Dork's jacket cover, which is a 1985 Bantam copy of The Catcher in the Rye, ripped to shreds and scribbled over with the actual title of the book.[original research?]
  • In W.P. Kinsella's 1982 novel Shoeless Joe, the main character discusses the significance of The Catcher in the Rye and later kidnaps J. D. Salinger.
  • In Galt Niederhoffer's novel A Taxonomy of Barnacles (2005), Bridget and Billy think about Holden's question as to the whereabouts of ducks during winter.[38]
  • Author Megan McCafferty admits to drawing many similarities between the protagonist of her novel Sloppy Firsts, Jessica Darling, and Holden Caulfield. Like Holden, Jessica is very alienated and critical of society.
  • Robert Rosen's biography Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon contains a description of Mark David Chapman's sentencing hearing, in which the murderer reads from The Catcher in the Rye. The section is called "Chapter 27," a reference to Chapman's belief that by killing Lennon he'd write the missing chapter of The Catcher in the Rye in Lennon's blood.
  • John David California wrote 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye (2009), an unauthorized sequel in which seventy-six-year-old Holden escapes a retirement home for a journey in New York.[39]
  • In the manga Onani Master Kurosawa, the main character, Kakeru Kurosawa, often masturbates after classes in the rarely used girl's bathroom on the third floor of his school. Aya Kitahara, a girl who is the subject of frequent bullying, later blackmails Kurosawa, calls him the "Catcher in the Girl's Bathroom". Later in Chapter 25, Page 9, of this manga, he tells Kitahara "After all, I'm just a guy in the girl's bathroom playing Catcher in the Rye". This manga was later turned into an actual novel under the title of "Catcher in the Toilet".
  • In Jay Asher's novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, the main character, Clay Jensen says to have filled out the love survey posing as Holden Caulfield. He remarks what a 'horrible first date that depressed loner would make'.

Comic strips

  • The Frazz character Caulfield is named after Holden.[40]
  • In St. Swithin's Day, the teenage protagonist shoplifts a copy of The Catcher in the Rye from a bookshop so it can be found in his pocket "when this is all over."
  • In Mike Allred's graphic novel The Oddity Odyssey, his character Madman can be seen reading a copy of The Catcher in the Rye.
  • In Eyeshield 21, Taka Honjou of the Teikoku Gakuen Alexanders is seen reading the book. He is the ace wide receiver/cornerback of Teikoku and has never had to use his true ability.
  • In Bill Amend's FoxTrot, Jason claims his iguana Quincy ate Paige's copy of the book. In a separate strip, Peter is seen reading "Pitcher in the Wheat."


  • Aesop Rock's song "Save Yourself" contains the line "Naw man it wasn't me, it was Holden Caulfield, brother / I just read and pulled the trigger."
  • The Ataris' song "If You Really Want to Hear About It" from their album End is Forever takes its title from the novel's opening sentence. The final lines paraphrase those of the book with "Don't ever tell anyone anything or else you'll wind up missing everybody." Several other specific references are made within the lyrics.[41]
  • The Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution's song "Here's to Life" on their debut EP A Call to Arms references Holden Caulfield by stating: "Holden Caulfield is a friend of mine, we go drinking from time to time", and later addresses Caulfield's author, J.D. Salinger: "Hey there, Salinger, what did you do? Just when the world was looking to you to write anything that meant anything, you told us you were through. And it's been years since you passed away, but I see no plaque and I see no grave, and I can't help believing you wanted it that way."
  • Beastie Boys's song "Shadrach" contains the rhyme "Got more stories than J. D. got Salinger, I hold the title and you are the challenger."
  • Belle and Sebastian's song "Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie" contains the line "give yourself up to the allure of Catcher in the Rye."
  • Bloodhound Gang's song "Magna Cum Nada (Most Likely To Suck)" begins with "Why try? I'm that guy Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye, put away 'cause he wasn't all there."
  • Australian band Cabins wrote a song entitled Catcher In The Rye which appears on their debut album Bright Victory. However, the song refers to Mark David Chapman, John Lennon's assassin, who carried a copy of the book with him, and thought the book was written about him. [1]
  • Canibus's song "Box Cutter Blade Runner" includes the lines "Have you ever read a book called 'The Catcher and the Rye'? / It so happens I'm looking for a copy I could buy"
  • Clem Snide's song "End of Love" references the book in the line "And the first thing every killer reads / is Catcher in the Rye."
  • Datarock's single "Catcher In The Rye" from 2010 contains a song with the same title.
  • The Divine Comedy's song "Gin Soaked Boy" contains the line "I'm the catcher in the rye."
  • Epik High's instrumental album "Soundtrack to a Lost Film" has a song titled "Holden Caulfield".
  • Everlast's song "So Long" contains the line "So with a tear in his eye, he's gonna catch 'em in the rye."
  • Explosions in the Sky's album "All Of The Sudden I Miss Everyone" is a reference to Holdens advice, "Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
  • Five Iron Frenzy's song "Superpowers" on their album Our Newest Album Ever! contains the line "Sometimes I feel I'm Holden Caulfield, sometimes Jack Kerouac."
  • Matthew Good's song "Waiting for the Great Destruction" from his album Left of Normal contains the chorus "Maybe at my funeral they'll say i found the answers / they'll say i had it coming / they'll say i was just sittin' around. Waiting for the Great destruction, I am waiting for Holden Caulfield to call."
  • Green Day's song "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?" on their album Kerplunk! is based on how frontman Billie Joe Armstrong could relate to Holden Caulfield as an outcast. Screeching Weasel responded to this with the song "I Wrote Holden Caulfield". "Basket Case", one of their most popular songs, is considered to be related to the likeness of Caulfield. The Catcher in the Rye is Billie Joe's favorite book.
  • Guns N' Roses released a song on their 2008 album, Chinese Democracy called Catcher in the Rye. It originally featured Brian May on guitar, but his parts were replaced for the final version. The song is said to be about Mark David Chapman.
  • Indochine's song "Des Fleurs Pour Salinger" (French for "Flowers For Salinger") portrays Salinger as a hermit trying to get away from the world's stupidity, and about the singer wanting to meet him. Near the end of the song, the following quotation from the novel is whispered in French: "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes. I'd marry this girl, that was also deaf and mute [...] I'd live near the woods but not in the woods." ("Je ferais semblant d’être sourd-muet /Et j’épouserais cette fille /Sourde et muette /On vivra près d’un ruisseau, près des bois /Mais pas dans les bois...")
  • Jedi Mind Tricks's song "Trinity" contains the line "The one who's seated, on the throne within in a forcefield/You'll get tossed and feel lost like Holden Caulfield/Raw deal..." Their song "Put Em In The Grave" contains the line "I'm like Mark David Chapman with a Salinger book/Stalk my enemy and let the fuckin' silencer cook."
  • Paul Kotheimer's 2007 album, "Song About Everything; Songs 1-50," contains the song "Holden Caulfield."
  • Komeda's song "Catcher" on their album Kokomemedada refers to Holden Caulfield's fantasy. Lyrics include "Who will catch your fall? Who will do it all?" and "There ain't no catcher in the rye."
  • Lyte Funky Ones' (LFO) song "6 Minutes" contains the line "Sometimes I feel like the Catcher in the Rye/ Sometimes I wish that I could catch her eye/ Sometimes I wish that I could be that guy".
  • The Lawrence Arms's song "The Disaster March" on their album The Greatest Story Ever Told contains the lyrics "There was a time and a place that was all full of mistakes. And a face that was all full of shit. I was frustrated and angry. I was more than alive. A catcher in the rye."
  • The Max Levine Ensemble's song "Love, Capital L" contains the line "and that's how I came to see how Holden Caulfield was your prophet."
  • Nothingface's song "Machination" contains the line "Read 'Catcher In The Rye' a million and one fucking times."
  • The Offspring's song "Get It Right" contains the line "Like Holden Caulfield, I tell myself; There's got to be a better way."
  • The Old 97's has a song called "Rollerskate Skinny" on their album Satellite Rides.
  • Amanda Palmer's song "1.1.94" contains the line "It's very difficult when no one's there to catch you in the rye".
  • Pencey Prep is named after the Holden's school. Several of their songs reference the novel.
  • Piebald's song "Holden Caulfield" contains the lines "where do the ducks go in the wintertime" and "put my hat on and get out of here."
  • Quarashi's song "Weirdo" references both the novel and the anime Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
  • John Ralston's song "No Catcher in the Rye" on his album Needle Bed contains the line "Maybe there's no catcher in the rye."
  • The Refreshments song "Good Year" states "I gave my Catcher in the Rye for your Cat's Cradle" The Bottle and Fresh Horses.
  • Ruth Ruth's song "I Killed Meg the Prom Queen" contains the line "She read The Catcher in the Rye".
  • Sarah Slean's song John XXIII contains the line "A plate of stars/Could never take the place of the Boy who swore to catch me/As I run through the rye."
  • Snapcase's song "Lookinglasself" on the album of the same name contains the lines "Tomorrow's world can't die, we've got to be the catchers in the rye."
  • Spandau Ballet's song Code of Love on the album True contains the line, "And when love comes along its just a catcher in the rye. Its hard to make those long term plans.".
  • Sundowner's song "Jackson Underground" contains the line "I was lost in the rye, so lost in the rye, I was lost in the rye."
  • Third Eye Blind's song "Why Can't You Be" contains the line "Like J.D. Salinger/Why Do I Challenge-her."
  • Too Much Joy's song "William Holden Caulfield" on their album Cereal Killers conflates the name of Holden Caulfield with the name of actor William Holden. It contains the lines "I'm afraid of people who like Catcher in the Rye / Yeah, I like it too, but someone tell me why / People he'd despise say, 'I feel like that guy' / I don't wanna grow up, 'cause I don't wanna die."
  • Hailey Wojcik's LP, "Diorama," contains the song, "Holden Caulfield", which she also performs live. It contains the line, "You made me feel like Holden Caulfield, and you acted like such a phony, still I wish that you'd phone me."
  • Your Vegas references the novel in their eponymous song, "Your Vegas" with the lyrics: "The Catcher in the Rye / and the children on the ground / We're all in the lost and found."


  • In the winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical, Next to Normal , the character Gabe reads a paperback copy of The Catcher in the Rye on the top level of the stage. It remains on the floor of the top level until the end of Act I. Kyle Dean Massey, who played Gabe during the summer of 2009 and is currently in the role, said, "I read about a page a night." The musical, like Salinger's novel, deals with grieving with death as well as suicide. After his April 23, 2010 performance, Massey declared on Twitter that he has finally finished the book.
  • In the Terrence McNally play, Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone, the main character has a speech where he recollects being asked who the "ten most admired men in America" are. The character (Tommy Flowers) responds by answering "Holden Caulfield" ten times. The character Tommy is loosely reflective of Holden Caulfield.
  • In the play Six Degrees of Separation, written by John Guare the main character Paul talks about the book in a long monologue.


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