Emily Dickinson
American Poet

Basic Information:

Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson

Location in The Catcher in the Rye:
  • Holden mentions Emily Dickinson while walking to the Wicker Bar. He talked of how Allie thought Emily Dickinson was the best war poet.

Why was she included?:
  • She, like Holden, had a very different perspective of the things around her, something others often though strange.
  • Her seclusion resembles both J.D Salinger and Holden
    • Holden is somewhat secluded from society and only speaks to a certain few amount of people
    • After writing the novel, J.D Salinger hid himself in his household, only speaking to family and a small social circle