When it comes to great writing in the 20th century we have to consider all of the great pieces of fiction that completely changed our entire American culture, and the truth is that there is a ton of different stories that really made their mark on our culture, and for a lot of high schools all across the country there are specific stories of American culture that every student reads at an early age. This is really good for all high school students to know about some of these stories because when it comes down to it we all know that some of the great stories of the 20th century really shaped the country that we currently live in today. Our culture is constantly being shaped through various art forms, and when it comes to the type of art that is the most effective of altering someone’s mind and changing the type of person someone is from a mental level then there is only one true art form that can seriously make a difference from a mental and chemical level, and that is literature. Writing and great writers have been able to do a lot in terms of how they go about expressing themselves and getting their readers to truly be engaged in stories and the characters that they have created. Of course we always try to really go into great details into analyzing some of these great literary masterpieces because that is what a lot of scholars and students do to learn about what makes great art so inspirational and worth discussion. And I think that this is one of the main goals of all art, and that is to get people talking and start a dialogue that can really make a big difference in the world in general, and we’ve seen looking back in history that some of the best art ever produced created huge debates and started gigantic conversations that potentially had huge impacts on who we are as a collective people.
So if you are the type of person who is genuinely interested in art and of course literary art then you have come to a good spot on the internet because this entire website is all about the best authors of the 20th century and the works that they are all known for and why these novels made such a big difference on our culture.
The next book that we are going to talk about is The Catcher in the Rye, which was written by J.D. Salinger way back in 1951 in a time period where the beatniks and other revolutionary people were just starting to question the status quo of the American culture and start to revolt before the 1960s cultural revolution that took place in America. That’s part of what makes Catcher such a memorable piece of literature, because it completely changed the idea of what a novel can do and it was so provocative for its time back in the early 50s and it really pissed off a lot of people, especially the establishment, who wanted people to think that everything in America was all peaches and pie like that time is known for, but of course J.D. Salinger had a different perspective, and he created a character who really emulated the entire youth culture of the time through Holden Caulfield. It’s through this story that a ton of different debates and problems started, and for a certain amount of time The Catcher in the Rye was banned from a lot of areas of the country because it was too explicit and far beyond its time, and that’s just part of what makes it the type of story that every high school student in America is required to read around the age of 16, because it literally started the whole concept of a coming of age story.