With its long-standing tradition of making every single noteworthy piece of literature into a two hour visual ordeal — for better and often for worse — it might seem a wonder why Hollywood hasn't yet attempted to bring cinematic life to J.D. Salinger's great American novel, "The Catcher in the Rye." After all, the name Holden Caulfield is practically synonymous with misanthrope, and any actor worth his salt would consider the job of portraying him as weighty as "Hamlet." (Helloooooo, Oscar.) Yet, there's a reason there's not been a "Catcher in the Rye" movie — actually, several reasons, and they came from directly J.D. Salinger himself.
In 1957, Salinger penned a very thoughtful letter to a producer named "Mr. Herbert" on the issue of selling the adaptation rights to "Catcher" and explained that the merit of his novel, as he saw it, was the narrator's inner dialogue — the "novelistic"-ness of the novel, »
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