Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

A. Bryant Mangum


J.D. Salinger's "Hapworth 16, 1924," his last published work, is notorious for the initial critical silence it received, as well as the subsequent general consensus that it was a text to revile if not avoid. This thesis proposes that while "Hapworth" is a difficult and perplexing piece, there is a good deal about it that deserves if not outright praise, then a close critical re-examination. Assuming the "author" of the story is not the seven-year-old version of "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" suicide Seymour Glass, as the story purports, but his grieving younger brother Buddy, who has spent the years since his brother's death trying to come to terms with it. "Hapworth" is Buddy's final--and perhaps finally successful--attempt to do so.


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Date of Submission

December 2011

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