It's taken 50 years, but the publishers of "Travels With Charley" have finally admitted that the classic road book -- which has been passed off as a work of nonfiction since 1962 -- contains so much fiction it should not be taken literally.
On Oct. 2, the Penguin Group published a new edition of “Charley” to mark its 50th birthday and to co-celebrate the 50th anniversary of Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize.
The introduction of the book, first written in 1997 for a paperback edition by Middlebury College English professor, author and Steinbeck biographer Jay Parini, was quietly updated by Parini -- at the behest of Penguin -- in response to the "controversy" started by yours truly.
Parini inserted a few new sentences and parenthetical disclaimers into his introduction that all but warns readers that they are about to read a work of fiction.
You can read what he wrote and how I reacted at TruthAboutCharley.com, my new web site.