Upon its publication in September, 1961, Franny and Zooey immediately shot to the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for twenty-six weeks. As it was his first novel-length work to be published following the phenomenal success of The Catcher in the Rye, and following his highly acclaimed short story collection Nine Stories (1953), readers and critics alike had high expectations, but early reception of the book vacillated between praise and scathing commentary. In the half century since its publication, Salinger’s slim body of work has been exalted, then shunned, and is now experiencing renewed interest with the news that some of his mysteriously shrouded works are …

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McQuillan, Jennifer . "Franny and Zooey". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 August 2014
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