Well, to make a long story short, J. D. Salinger was not Jewish! (though he considered himself Jewish)
Since J. D. Salinger's mother was not Jewish, and in Judaism one's religion is based on one's mother's religion, then that makes him also not Jewish (though once again, he DID consider himself to be Jewish). Though he was not Jewish, His father was Jewish, which makes him in some views half Jewish...
J. D. Salinger (who's full birth name was Jerome David Salinger) was born on January 1, 1919 in New York City, New York, U.S..
With his landmark novel Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger was an influential 20th-century American writer.
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