Terry Southern biography

Terry Southern

Novelist, Author

1924 – 1995

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Who was Terry Southern?

Terry Southern was an American author, essayist, screenwriter, and university lecturer, noted for his distinctive satirical style. Part of the Paris postwar literary movement in the 1950s and a companion to Beat writers in Greenwich Village, Southern was also at the center of Swinging London in the 1960s and helped to change the style and substance of American films in the 1970s. In the 1980s he wrote for Saturday Night Live and lectured on screenwriting at several universities in New York.

Southern's dark and often absurdist style of satire helped to define the sensibilities of several generations of writers, readers, directors and film goers. He is credited by journalist Tom Wolfe as having invented New Journalism with the publication of "Twirling at Ole Miss" in Esquire in February, 1963. His reputation was established with the publication of his comic novels Candy and The Magic Christian and through his gift for writing memorable film dialogue as evident in Dr. Strangelove, The Loved One, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Magic Christian. His work on Easy Rider helped create the independent film movement of the 1970s.

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Born
May 1, 1924
Alvarado
Also known as
  • Maxwell Kenton
  • Norwood Pratt
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Chicago
  • Southern Methodist University
Died
Oct 29, 1995
Manhattan

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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