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The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories  

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The absolute best J. D. Salinger short stories of all time, ranked based on the community's votes. This list has the most popular J. D. Salinger short stories, and includes related images and publishing information as well. Jerome David "J. D." Salinger was an American writer born in New York City in 1919. Most well known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger also wrote a number of short stories that received much critical acclaim. What are the best short stories written by J. D. Salinger?

This list features the absolute best J. D. Salinger short stories. The titles are listed based on the number of votes cast for each story, and your votes can help determine the order as well! Included among the best Salinger short stories are "A Perfect Day for Bananafish, "For Esme – with Love and Squalor," "Teddy, "The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls," "The Laughing Man," and "Just Before the War with the Eskimos."

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A Perfect Day for Bananafish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1948, The New Yorker
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For Esmé—with Love And ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1950, The New Yorker
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The Laughing Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1949, The New Yorker
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Teddy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1953, The New Yorker
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Just Before The War with The E... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
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The Ocean Full of Bowling Ball... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
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Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1948, Nine Stories
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Down at the Dinghy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1953, Nine Stories
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A Girl I Knew is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1948, Good Housekeeping
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De Daumier-Smith's Blue Pe... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1952, Information World Review
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A Boy in France is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1945, The Saturday Evening Post
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A Young Girl In 1941 with No W... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
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Slight Rebellion Off Madison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1946, The New Yorker
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The Young Folks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1940, Whit Burnett's Story
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Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1951, Nine Stories
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Hapworth 16, 1924 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1924, The New Yorker
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The Heart of a Broken Story is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
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Seymour: An Introduction is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1963, The New Yorker
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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1945, Collier's Magazine
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Blue Melody is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1948, Cosmopolitan
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Elaine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1945, Story
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Soft-Boiled Sergeant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
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The Hang of It is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
1941, Collier's Magazine
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The Long Debut of Lois Taggett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
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This Sandwich Has No Mayonnais... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories