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Kill your idols: "Travels With Charley"

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by TheSportsPredictor, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Veteran journalist recreates the trip 50 years later, finds out much of it was fictionalized. Publisher put a disclaimer in the newest edition of the book:


  2. Orange Hat Bobcat

    Orange Hat Bobcat Active Member

    Not much news there, TSP, other than the disclaimer. Public knowledge for at least a decade, probably much longer, that large chunks of it never happened.

    Steinbeck was an old man who figured he was going to die soon and wanted one more adventure. He was also a novelist. Few can write both great fiction and nonfiction — Wallace comes to mind, early Twain, but Steinbeck never does. He captures what he sees, but it's always fiction.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Never read it, so don't know much about the backstory. Maybe that's why Steigerwald did it, to find out what was true and what wasn't.

    Seems like so many of these famous nonfiction books turn out to be mostly fiction. This, In Cold Blood, A Million Little Pieces, Night, even Anne Frank's book is questioned. Maybe we should start threads when one of these books turns out to actually be true.
  4. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Did Steinbeck ever insist it was "immaculately factual?"
  5. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Didn't he owe it to Charley to be 100 percent factual?
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