Terry Southern (1924-1995) is the bestselling author of Candy, The Magic Christian, Flash and Filigree, Blue Movie, and Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes. An Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, his film credits include Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider, and Barbarella, as well as an adaptation of The Magic Christian.
Mason Hoffenberg (1922-1986) was an American poet and a writer for the Olympia Press in Paris whose works include A Sin for Breakfast and Until She Screams.
Praise for Terry Southern and Candy
"A comic pornographer with a profound moral sense . . . [Southern's prose] has a weirdly old-fashioned grace, like antique gold filigree, in which his radical new ideas glow like blood-red stones. An idea man unconfined by any ideologies, Southern is a sort of hip social anarchist."--New York Times
"Sex in America, after [Candy], is not going to be the same . . . Southern is an absolutely first-rate writer . . . The work of a major satirist . . . Southern is holding up a triple-angled mirror to America in which, given a rudimentary sense of humor, we are enabled to see ourselves as we really are . . . When sex is a joyous fulfillment instead of a wasting affliction, people can see that the most hilarious event in the history of mankind was the division of the sexes. This is what Southern sees; and that is what Candy says."--Nelson Algren, Life
"Reading the sexploitation-drenched novel Candy . . . was one of the most physically uncomfortable experiences of my life. Uncomfortable, because no matter how I tried to shift my tush on the hard wooden chair I was sitting in, I couldn't avoid the awkward sensation of my own dripping panties. It really was that good . . . [A] satirical one-upmanship of Voltaire's Candide."--Vice
"Terry Southern writes mean, cooly deliberate, and murderous prose . . . We may have at last found the rightful heir (saints protect me from sacrilege) of Nathaniel West."--Norman Mailer
"Wickedly funny to read and morally bracing as only good satire can be."--William Styron
"Terry Southern was one of the first and best of the new wave of American writers, defining the cutting edge of black comedy."--Joseph Heller
"Terry Southern is the illegitimate son of Mack Sennett and Edna Saint Vincent Millay."--Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
"Terry Southern's fiction, in short form or long, is a national treasure."--Bruce Jay Friedman
"Terry Southern was the class clown of the quality-hip scene, larger, weirder, and a lot funnier than life."--Jules Feiffer
"Terry Southern is a dirty Red and a marijuana head and one of the major American satirists of the twentieth century."--Tony Hendra
"If there were a Mount Rushmore of American humor, Terry Southern would be the mountain they'd carve it from"--Michael O'Donoghue, former writer/producer for Saturday Night Live
"Terry Southern is the American writer most capable of handling frenzy on a gigantic scale."--Esquire
"Terry Southern . . . has emerged in hindsight as a kind of real-life Forrest Gump figure--present at the creation of virtually everything new, liberating and free-spirited in post-World War II arts and culture."--Denver Post