What J.D. Salinger (and Other Writers) Looked Like at Holden Caulfield's Age

By Emily Temple

Do you recognize the kid-size incarnations of these beloved authors?

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Ernest Hemingway and his sisters on the first day of school. (Hemingway Archives)
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It's back-to-school season, which means new books, new classes and yes, new photos, yearbook and otherwise. But don't worry: Your favorite authors had to go through it, too. To celebrate the new season of scholarship, we've collected a few pictures of some of our favorite authors' school photos, ranging from proud snapshots of the first day of kindergarten to writers-to-be goofing off behind a desk to posed high school graduation photos. Check out our collection, find out which author was voted class clown, and ruminate on where your own education might lead.

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