The source of the title The Catcher in the Rye is a reference to Robert Burns’s poem “Comin’ Through the Rye” (1792), which Holden Caulfield quotes.
- In Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (1952), what fish does Santiago catch? In Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (1952), Santiago catches a marlin.
- What is the name of the stockyard district where main character Jurgis Rudkis lives and works in The Jungle? The stockyard district where main character Jurgis Rudkis lives and works in The Jungle is known as Packingtown, in Chicago. The 1906 book led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug…
- Where was Jay Gatsby supposed to have gone to school? Jay Gatsby was supposed to have gone to Oxford. In Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1925) the gangster Wolfsheim said Gatsby was an "Oggsford" man.
- Who is the hero of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man (1952)? The hero of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man has no name. He is a young man from the South who finds his way to a hidden existence in a coal cellar in New York.
- Who wrote “Men seldom make passes/At girls who wear glasses”? Dorothy Parker, known for her sharp wit, wrote the famous couplet, "Men seldom make passes/At girls who wear glasses" in the poem "News Item" in 1926.
- What is the setting of the play The Front Page? The 1928 play, The Front Page, is about newspapers by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur is set in Chicago's Criminal Courts Building.