Holden Caulfield (born circa 1934) is a teenager from New York who narrates the events in The Catcher in the Rye.
As one of the most enduring characters in American literature, Holden has become a modern icon of coming-of-age stories and teenage rebellion, and is perhaps most recognized by the red hunting cap he wears.
Holden used to live in Maine with his parents and siblings: the eldest D.B., a war veteran turned writer; a younger brother named Allie, who died of leukemia at age 11; and the youngest Phoebe, who is six years younger than Holden. Holden mentions that their parents have different religions and he and his siblings are "sort of atheists". He generally describes his childhood as "lousy".
During his final year at Pencey, Holden is 6'2'' tall and has gray hairs visible on his crew cut. When the prostitute Sunny was describing Holden, he likened his appearance to the child actor Freddie Bartholomew.