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Oct. 16: Carnegie Mellon University Press Publishes New Edition of Chuck Kinder's Famed "Honeymooners"


Shilo Raube  

Carnegie Mellon University Press Publishes
New Edition of Chuck Kinder's Famed "Honeymooners"

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University Press has published a new edition of Chuck Kinder's "Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale." Kinder's chronicle of two writers pursuing fame and freedom in the Bay Area during the 1970s now includes an introduction by author and screenplay writer Jay McInerney and two previously unprinted sections: The Lost Chapters and The Lost Love Letters.
Kinder, who has taught English at the University of Pittsburgh since 1980 and directs Pitt's writing program, was educated at West Virginia University and Stanford University. At Stanford, Kinder became close friends with fellow student Raymond Carver, who eventually earned notoriety and critical acclaim as a short story writer and poet. Their relationship — a saga of friendship, ambition and debauchery — inspired "Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale."
While "Honeymooners" has captivated audiences since its first publication in 2001, it took Kinder nearly 20 years to complete. His struggle with the manuscript — which at one point reached 3,000 pages — was local legend at the University of Pittsburgh, and inspired his former student Michael Chabon to base Grady Tripp, a character in Chabon's 1995 novel "Wonder Boys," on Kinder.  
Gerald Costanzo, director of Carnegie Mellon University Press, approached Kinder about printing a second edition and adding it to the Press' Classic Contemporaries Series. "For the past 20 years, the Press has been reissuing significant out-of-print poetry books, and three years ago we added fiction to the series," Costanzo said. "Kinder's book was intriguing because it was very well known after its first publication by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and because of the association with 'Wonder Boys.' I wondered what had happened to the nearly 3,000 pages that weren't used. It's thrilling to be able to restore some of those pages to our edition."
The new edition features seven never before printed chapters from the manuscript, lost love letters and a candid introduction that explores the blurred distinction between novel and memoir. In his introduction, McInerney writes, "I commend 'Honeymooners' to nearly everyone except possibly the parents of young men with literary ambitions. Like the candy mint that is also a breath mint, it can be enjoyed as either a novel or a memoir. If 'Honeymooners' doesn't make you laugh, cry and cringe with sympathetic embarrassment, then you should probably adjust your medication immediately."
The second edition of "Honeymooners: A Cautionary Tale" is now available through Carnegie Mellon University Press at Copies may be ordered through the Press' distributor, Cornell University Press Services, at 1-800-666-2211.