Seinfeld’s “The Cheever Letters”
Of the first 39 books, today’s post is about one of the coolest little tidbits I’ve discovered about an author or a book.
This may come as no surprise to more dedicated Seinfeld fans, but I don’t remember this episode. But a little backstory first.
In the early 90s after the death of Falconer author John Cheever, some of his letters and journals were published. These letters, according to his daughter Susan, were written to a male lover and revealed his bisexuality.
Enter Seinfeld and the episode called “The Cheever Letters” in which George’s girlfriend, appropriately named Susan, discovers a box of explicit love letters between her father and John Cheever. For George or Jerry, this turns into a whole lot of awkward.
Again, this is one of the main reasons I’m having so much fun with this 101 Books project. Finding out little random pop-culture tidbits just never gets old. Compare this to the Graham Greene-Shirley Temple connection or how Stanley Kubrick changed A Clockwork Orange or all the little factoids about David Foster Wallace and Infinite Jest or the dude who “hand farts” to the tune of the banjo in Deliverance. I love this stuff.
So, if you missed it, here’s the clip from the Seinfeld “The Cheever Letters” episode. Click on the video link below to go to YouTube, as this video won’t let me embed it here. Fast forward to :55 to see the box of letters delivered.