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Yours In Haste and Adoration: Selected Letters of Terry Southern by [Terry Southern, Nile Southern, Brooke Allen]

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The first letter in this lively collection--a tongue-in-cheek complaint to the Paris Review about the editing of an obscenity from one of Southern's short stories--sets the tone for the satire and scatological humor that lace the hundreds of letters that follow. Southern, (1924-1995), who worked on the screenplays for Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider, co-wrote the comical erotic novel Candy, and eventually contributed to Saturday Night Live, was a multitalented artist whose correspondents included George Plimpton (playfully dubbed 'an Ichabod dandy'), Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Malcolm Cowley, Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Lenny Bruce, and Stanley Kubrick, to name but a few. Ever the gadfly, he delighted in writing prank letters (both under his own name and pseudonyms) to publications like National Lampoon, Ms. Magazine, and the New York Times. In his more serious moments, Southern cogently dissects the aesthetic differences between film and novels for William Styron, and ably defends offensiveness to John Marquand by noting that 'if a thing is actually funny, then it cannot be in bad taste.' Spanning the years 1953 to 1995, these letters provide a candid glimpse of a writer whose provocations helped to shape post-WWII American culture. -Publishers Weekly

There is a lot of reading between the lines to be done with these letters. -Slate

A must for fans of Southern, that great satirist, and a revealing look into the litbiz of old. -Kirkus Reviews

The greatest novelist-screenwriter ever to come out of Alvarado and that's wildly underselling the accomplishments of someone responsible for Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider, and Candy turns out to have been a funny and prolific writer of letters to the likes of Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, and at least two Beatles. -Texas Monthly

It must have been a gas, to borrow one of his favorite terms, to get a letter from Terry Southern. Each was its own little acid trip, streaked with innuendo and poached in a satirical kind of intellectual flop sweat. -The New York Times

Terry Southern was a writer of genuine talent. -The Wall Street Journal

Among the greatest humor writers of our time, Terry Southern stands alone. -Chevy Chase

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I'd say no one writes like this anymore, except NO ONE WROTE LIKE THIS EVER. Shocking, hilarious, poignant, unforgettable. Terry's voice leaps off the page and into your brain, never to be dislodged. -Steven Soderbergh

The Terry Southern letters are as terrific as any awestruck admirer of that writer's careening trajectory through postwar culture could have hoped. They're bawdy (of course), electric with intelligence, outrage, and humor, and often containing fantasias of voice that make them as much miniature short stories or tiny plays. Just the Ginsberg exchange re: Kerouac is literary history up close, and more than worth the price of admission, and the accumulated result of this splendidly edited and annotated volume is not only better than any Southern biography I can imagine, as funny and heartbreaking as anything he ever managed to get between the covers of a book, but has the power to fill a reader with wonder at the lost worlds that are here briefly and tantalizingly reanimated. -Jonathan Lethem

A glimpse at the correspondence for which Terry was responsible brings to view almost every major player in the vast network of writers, musicians, filmmakers, and high livers that took an active part in the twentieth century. . . . Byron and Eleanor Roosevelt aside, there can be only a few who have spent as much of their lives and talent as Terry Southern, writing these fierce and loving letters to friends and foes alike. -D.A. Pennebaker

This long dreamed-of collection is further confirmation of Terry Southern's versatility. Whether sharing news or gossip, weaving a tall tale, or dismantling the received ideas and hypocrisies of his times, these dispatches astonish the reader with their unique generosity of spirit, irony, satiric invention, and target-specific observation. -Lee Hill, author of A Grand Guy: The Art and Life of Terry Southern

Well-Connected Pseudo-Hipsters of the World Beware: Terry Southern is The Real Thing, and Yours In Haste and Adoration is an uproarious yet eloquent romp through twentieth-century America's most important literary scenes. It reads not so much as a mere collection of letters but as a vital epistolary novel, one that revolves around the life a writer who seemed to always be in the right place at the right time and whose remarkable trajectory through both the avant-garde and pop cultures of the post-WWII era will blow your mind. This isn't about the The Cool School, it's an insider look at what it was like to be the inventor of cool when it all went down. -Mark Amerika, author of remixthebook and META/DATA: A Digital Poetics

The literary canon is in serious need of repair and I put Terry Southern ahead of Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzwilly. -Josh Alan Friedman, co-editor of Now Dig This: The Unspeakable Writings of Terry Southern

Southern's profound wit is a light burning in the window of what remains of Western Civilization. -Lewis H. Lapham

This will be Terry's greatest book! -William Styron

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Among the greatest humor writers of our time, Terry Southern stands alone. -Chevy Chase

I'd say no one writes like this anymore, except NO ONE WROTE LIKE THIS EVER. Shocking, hilarious, poignant, unforgettable--Terry's voice leaps off the page and into your brain, never to be dislodged. -Steven Soderbergh

The Terry Southern letters are as terrific as any awestruck admirer of that writer's careening trajectory through postwar culture could have hoped. They're bawdy (of course), electric with intelligence, outrage, and humor, and often containing fantasias of voice that make them as much miniature short stories or tiny plays. Just the Ginsberg exchange re: Kerouac is literary history up close, and more than worth the price of admission, and the accumulated result of this splendidly-edited and annotated volume is not only better than any Southern biography I can imagine, as funny and heartbreaking as anything he ever managed to get between the covers of a book, but has the power to fill a reader with wonder at the lost worlds that are here briefly and tantalizingly reanimated. -Jonathan Lethem

A glimpse at the correspondence for which Terry was responsible brings to view almost every major player in the vast network of writers, musicians, filmmakers, and high livers that took an active part in the twentieth century...Byron and Eleanor Roosevelt aside, there can be only a few who have spent as much of their lives and talent as Terry Southern, writing these fierce and loving letters to friends and foes alike. -D.A. Pennebaker

This long dreamed-of collection is further confirmation of Terry Southern's versatility. Whether sharing news or gossip, weaving a tall tale, or dismantling the received ideas and hypocrisies of his times, these dispatches astonish the reader with their unique generosity of spirit, irony, satiric invention, and target-specific observation. -Lee Hill, author of A Grand Guy: The Art and Life of Terry Southern

Well-Connected Pseudo-Hipsters of the World Beware: Terry Southern is The Real Thing, and Yours In Haste and Adoration is an uproarious yet eloquent romp through twentieth-century America's most important literary scenes. It reads not so much as a mere collection of letters but as a vital epistolary novel, one that revolves around the life a writer who seemed to always be in the right place at the right time and whose remarkable trajectory through both the avant-garde and pop cultures of the post-WWII era will blow your mind. This isn't about the The Cool School, it's an insider look at what it was like to be the inventor of cool when it all went down. -Mark Amerika, author of remixthebook and META/DATA: A Digital Poetics

The literary canon is in serious need of repair and I put Terry Southern ahead of Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzwilly. -Josh Alan Friedman, co-editor of Now Dig This: The Unspeakable Writings of Terry Southern

Southern's profound wit is a light burning in the window of what remains of Western Civilization. -Lewis H. Lapham

This will be Terry's greatest book! -William Styron

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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Terry Southern (1924-1995) was an influential writer from Alvarado, Texas, known for his fine prose style and unique comic voice. First published in Paris and England, his novels include Flash and Filigree, The Magic Christian, Blue Movie, and Candy (with Mason Hoffenberg). His dark, satirical, often-outrageous humor resonated especially with the 1960s, landing him on the cover of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's album. His short stories and journalism have been anthologized in the collections Red Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes and Now Dig This: The Unspeakable Writings of Terry Southern. His work in cinema (1963-1970) led to Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay (Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider) and his memorable dialogue continues to influence writers and directors today. His other film credits include Barbarella, The Loved One, The Cincinnati Kid, and End of the Road. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09LSJ961T
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ ANTIBOOKCLUB (12 November 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3380 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 559 pages
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