July 12, 1946: The Adventures of Sam Spade debuts on radio. The program ran until the early 1950s, jumping from ABC to NBC and finishing its run at CBS (more than 200 episodes all together). Howard Duff initially played Spade, but other actors assumed the role on the various networks.
Creator Dashiell Hammett’s name apparently was dropped from the credits when he was suspected of being a closet commie (how utterly ridiculous does this sound now?).
July 16, 1951: Little Brown publishes The Catcher in the Rye.
If Holden still were around today would he be on Facebook, would he tweet selfies, or would he think it was all phony?
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