If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us least live so as to deserve it.

J. D. Salinger

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Jerome David Salinger (; January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American writer known for his widely read novel The Catcher in the Rye. He was raised in Manhattan and began writing short stories while in secondary school. His father urged him to learn about the meat-importing business; he went to work in Europe but was so disgusted by the slaughterhouses that he decided to embark on a different career path. He left Austria one month before it was annexed by Nazi Germany on March 12, 1938. In 1942, he started dating Oona O'Neill, daughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill. He found her self-absorbed, yet he called her often and wrote her long letters. Their relationship ended when Oona began seeing Charlie Chaplin, whom she eventually married.

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