"The most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid, and joy a liquid,"

J.D. Salinger's name has been much in circulation in recent weeks for the sad reason that he died (on 27th January 2010). Known for his reclusive nature, his most famous work by far is Catcher in the Rye (1951), the sparse first person narrative of a disaffected seventeen-year-old who is convinced that adults and their values are 'phony'. Despite his swift rise to fame in the 1950s, he published little else in the remaining decades of his life. The Hollywood film Finding Forrester, starring Sean Connery, took as its inspiration some of the details of Salinger's biography. Cavendish's quote comes from the collection Nine Stories (1953). The opening sentence to Catcher has become almost iconic:  'If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.'