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Candy by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg $30

Terry Southern (1924–1995) was an American satirist, author, journalist, screenwriter, and educator and is considered one of the great literary minds of the second half of the twentieth century. His bestselling novel Candy (1958) is a spoof on pornography based on Voltaire’s Candide. It established Southern as a literary and pop culture icon.

Initially banned in France and England, Candy pushed all of America’s post-war puritanical buttons and became a bestseller. Written in collaboration with Mason Hoffenberg for the famed Olympia Press. 

According to Hoffenberg, "Terry Southern and I wrote Candy for the money. Olympia Press, $500 flat. He was in Switzerland, I was in Paris. We did it in letters. But when it got to be a big deal in the States, everybody was taking it seriously. Do you remember what kind of shit people were saying? One guy wrote a review about how Candy was a satire on Candide. So right away I went back and reread Voltaire to see if he was right. That's what happens to you. It's as if you vomit in the gutter and everybody starts saying it's the greatest new art form, so you go back to see it, and, by God, you have to agree."

Jacket design by Ben Feder, Inc.

HARDCOVER, 224 pgs, Good in Good dust jacket (wrapped with mylar acid-free protector)

21cm x 14.5cm x 3cm

Candy by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg

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