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  • proper n. A diminutive of the female given names Frances and Francine.


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  • The obsessive inventory of the family's apartment in "Franny and Zooey" — there are page-long lists, one of which includes "three radios (a 1927 Freshman, a 1932 Stromberg-Carlson, and a 1941 R.C.A.)" — is not the kind of detail novelists use to capture social or psychological truth.


  • Franny is a really good chicken name, and it fits.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • “I don’t suppose you called Franny?” he asked, though I was sure he already knew the answer.

    The Multiplying Menace

  • Part of me thought he was right; it would be great to call Franny and sit back and let someone else handle everything.

    The Multiplying Menace

  • Her Franny is a highly dysfunctional woman on an intensely focused mission.

    George Heymont: Getting Things Off Their Chest (VIDEOS)

  • (Franny had been called Franny because it somehow went with Frank.)

    The Hotel New Hampshire

  • On Flatbush Avenue there is a restaurant called Franny's, it's basically a pizza place, but believe it or not the best thing there are the Brussels sprouts.

    New York Press

  • When "Franny" and "Zooey" appeared in book form in 1961, a flood of pent-up resentment was released.

    Justice to J.D. Salinger

  • Like the food in "Franny," the cigarettes in "Zooey" enact a kind of parallel plot.

    Justice to J.D. Salinger

  • Rereading it and its companion piece "Franny" is no less rewarding than rereading The Great Gatsby.

    Justice to J.D. Salinger


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