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THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE   [ISBN 0-14-016718-8]

© T. Coraghessan Boyle, 1993

Dedication: "Rosemary Post  1923-1981"

Acknowledgements: "Two texts were indispensable in inspiring and informing this novel-- Cornflake Crusade by Gerald Carson, and The Nuts Among the Berries  by Ronald M. Deutsch-- and I am indebted to their authors.   I would also like to thank Kevin McCarey, James Kaufman, Janet Griffin, Gordon Dale, and the staff of the Charles Willard Memorial Library in Battle Creek, Michigan, for their assistance.

From an item about the original U.S. trade paperback packaging:  "T. Coraghessan Boyle's hilarious novel about 19th Century health-food fanatics, is now available in paperback. You can't miss it--the book comes in a box just like a cereal package, down to the nutritional information panel: "Serving size: 10 oz (283.50 g; about 1 novel). Servings per book: 1." Listed ingredients include dried wit, partially amalgamated Faulkner, sex ("a flavoring ingredient") and certified historical nuts.

Boyle, T. Coraghessan. Charlie Ossining Goes Downtown -- Thanks to Alan Parker.   Zoetrope All-Stories Vol. 3, No. 1.

Brinkley-Rogers, Paul.  "Renegade Writer; Boyle Mixes Weirdness, Normality."   Arizona Republic8 July 1993.

Ebert, Roger.  The Road to Wellville (movie review).  Chicago Sun-Times  28 October 1994.

Edelman, Dave.  T. Coraghesson Boyle's "The Road to Wellville."  Originally published in Baltimore City Paper  19 July 1993.  <>

Gilstrap, Peter.  "Novelist With a Twist; T. Coraghessan Boyle Has Talent, Big Goals & a Way of Standing Out." (an interview at Ben's Chili Bowl)  Washington Post 5  July 1993.

Harshaw, Tobin.  "The Uses of History." (interview).  The New York Times Book Review 25 April 1993.

Korn, Eric.   The Ordure of Things.  Times Literary Supplement 17 February 1995.

Landers, Beth.  The Road to Wellville.  Inkblots, Critiques, Spring 1999,

Lanham, Fritz.  "The road to well-known; Boyle cheerfully promotes what might be his breakout novel." Houston Chronicle 4 July 1993.

Madrigal, Alix.  "Boyle's Crackling Look at the Corn Flake King."  San Francisco Chronicle  6 June 1993.

Maxwell, Bill.  "Food fads - then as now; Bill Maxwell met the American novelist T. Coraghessan Boyle, whose latest book is based on the life of John Harvey Kellogg, the man who invented cornflakes" Irish Times 10 November 1993.

O'Neill, Molly.  At Breakfast with: T. Coraghessan Boyle; Biting the Hand That Once Fed Battle Creek   New York Times 2 June 1993.

Rodriguez, Bill.  Confessions of a Megalomaniac; T.C. Boyle, novelist. Providence Phoenix  29 April 1993.

Salm, Arthur.  "Born to Write; You have talent or you don't: Boyle does." San Diego Union-Tribune 3 March 1994.

Smiley, Jane.  Snap, Crackle, Pop in Battle Creek; "The Road to Wellville" by T. Coraghessan Boyle.  New York Times Book Review  25 April 1993.

Takahama,  Valerie.  "A flaky tale, and they're eating it up; T. Coraghessan Boyle is hip, acclaimed and about to break into the big time with his book on breakfast-food baron John Harvey Kellogg."  Orange County Register 3 May 1993.

  • A lovely color photo of a German edition of Willkommen in Wellville (Stuttgart Internet Regional-das Jahrhundertspiel: Erfindungen, no date)
  • Dr. John Harvey Kellogg See the Battle Creek Vibratory Chair; read Dr. Kellogg's 1895 tome "Plain Facts for Old and Young: Embracing the Natural History and Hygiene of Organic Life", example, "Chapter 7 - Unchastity"  (Great American Quacks; The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices) 

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