“The first thing I did when I got off at Penn Station, I went into this phone booth. I felt like giving somebody a buzz. I left my bags right outside the booth so I could watch them, but as soon as I was inside, I couldn’t think of anybody to call up.”
So begins the New York adventure of Holden Caulfield in “The Catcher in the Rye,” the J. D. Salinger novel that was published over 50 years ago.
Read Thomas Beller’s article ‘Holden’s New York’ to understand what an integral role Manhattan itself plays in the narrative.