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In retrospect, it might be easy to assume that  The Catcher in the Rye  was an immediate smash hit,  critically and commercially, when it was published by Little, Brown and Company on July 16, 1951. In  fact, the reviews were mixed. Although the book sold well, it was not an overwhelming sensation and  never reached number one on the best-seller lists. The unusual thing about Salinger's first novel is  its staying power. Many of the novel's early reviews were favorable. On July 14, 1951, the  Saturday Review  praised the  work as "remarkable" and "absorbing." Given Salinger's affiliation with the  New Yorker  magazine, we  might expect extensive attention from that publication, and such was the case; S. N. Behrman wrote  an unusually long and strong review (August 11, 1951), stressing the personal attraction of Phoebe  and Holden as characters. The Book-of-the-Month Club selected the novel as a summer alternate, 
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