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Last updated: 29 january, 2010 - 16:51 GMT

Catcher in the Rye author JD Salinger dies

A stack of The Catcher in the Rye books in front of a black-and-white photo of JD Salinger

The American writer JD Salinger has died at the age of 91.

His novel, the Catcher in the Rye, has sold 60 million copies.

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More than any other, it captured the spirit of being an alienated teenager growing up in 1950s America.

It still resonates with readers today.

Jay McInerney is an American author who, like Salinger, enjoyed success with his first novel, Bright Lights, Big City.

Catcher in the Rye had a huge influence on him in his teens.

The BBC's Roger Hearing asked him if he thought Catcher in the Rye still worked for teenagers in the era of video games, social networking and the internet.

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Proof of the appeal and influence of Salinger's masterpiece is to be found in popular culture.

Pop music is littered with references to it.

So here is Catcher in the Rye: the mega-mix.

First broadcast 29 January 2010

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