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Portrait of J.D. Salinger by Robert Vickery on View at the National Portrait Gallery

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery installed a portrait of “J.D. Salinger” by Robert Vickery Monday, Feb.1. It was on view when the museum opened to the public. in a first-floor gallery that is designated for remembrance of recently deceased individuals represented in the
museum’s collection. Jerome David Salinger had one of the great successes of all time with ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ (1951). He then vanished, publishing only a few collections of short stories and emerging only to sue people who attempted to write about him; his last publication was in 1965. Yet ‘Catcher in the Rye’ remains a classic. Its teenaged narrator Holden Caulfield’s account of a weekend in Manhattan continues to speak to disaffected adolescents kicking against the “phonies.” It has sold more than 65 million