This is the story of J D Salinger,
Who in literary circles was seen as a challenger,
For the title claimed by Marcel Proust,
Which he thought would give his career a boost.
“The frog may have written the world’s longest novel,
But I don’t see why I should have to grovel,
When the world’s shortest book can be claimed by I,
So I’ll write me a novel called Catcher in the Rye.
Hmm! Maybe that’s not a selling name,
Guaranteed to win me world wide fame…”
He named his book Arrested in the Shop
But the whole adventure was a terrible flop,
So he took up gardening and pushing barrows,
And made his fortune by selling marrows.