[Ads-l] Wilhelm Stekel attribution in Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 11 13:02:41 EST 2017

A character in J. D. Salinger's modern classic "The Catcher in the
Rye" references a quotation attributed to Wilhelm Stekel who was an
early follower of Freud:

[Begin excerpt]
He went over to this desk on the other side of the room, and without
sitting down wrote something on a piece of paper. Then he came back
and sat down with the paper in his hand. "Oddly enough, this wasn't
written by a practicing poet. It was written by a psychoanalyst named
Wilhelm Stekel. Here's what he—Are you still with me?"

"Yes, sure I am."

"Here's what he said: The mark of the immature man is that he wants to
die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he
wants to live humbly for one.'"
[End except]

I received an inquiry on this topic and located a germane scholarly
article behind a steep paywall. (Thirty days access for $102.) If you
have access to this document and you are willing to help please
contact me off-list.

Year: 2013
Volume 26, Issue 2: Twentieth-Century American Literature
Periodical: ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews
Article: The Sources of the Stekel Quotation in Salinger's The Catcher
in the Rye
Author: Peter G. Beidler
Pages 71-75


The Wikiquote webpage for Wilhelm Stekel provides useful information
in the Misattributed section. The quotation is traced back to German
writer Otto Ludwig.


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