The Candy Men: The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel Candy

The Candy Men: The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel Candy

Nile Southern

Language: English

Pages: 388

ISBN: 155970604X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A Rabelaisian satire loosely based on Voltaire's Candide, Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg's Candy became one of the most famous novels of the tumultuous 1960's. Detailing its humble beginnings in Paris through its agonizing three-year writing gestation (often on paper napkins, lost or destroyed) and the authors' wily business dealings first with French-based publisher Maurice Girodias, then Putnam is America, this book follows with unblinking scrutiny Candy's underground (then mainstream) success, its blatant piracy, its legal shenanigans, and its all-star movie flop. Replete with deceptions and self-deceptions, midnight dope runs, and general pandemonium, THE CANDY MEN is as much fun to read as the original novel itself. And far more instructive.

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is a reason why we were doing all this. We were escaping from McCarthyism, a lack of First Amendments—a lack of exploration, lack of ideas in the States—it offered an opportunity to fool around with language and situations. You could also get him to publish things which were not about sex. . . . The main thing about this whole epoch is that we were not judgmental. The people who were, would let it come out in whimsy or wisecracks—like Mason. Iris Owens, whom Terry called “Gid’s great love,” was

in a cut version. For many months now the West Coast pirates here in the United States have been shipping their editions to England. This increasingly cuts into the potentiality of sale for your own edition on which you earn royalties. Although many jobbers in England are carrying the pirated editions from the U.S., the two biggest offenders are Del Books (no relation to our Dell) in Bradford, England, and the big London jobber, Rodney Books. I am concerned about the traffic in pirated Candy’s

Merlin and, 12–13 Michel Mogouslawsky and, 16–17 Naked Lunch and, 101–2 New York operation of, 263–64, 321 Obelisk Press and, 14–17 during Occupation, 17 Odyssey Library and, 328 Olympia Review and, 164–71, 173–77, 183–84 pirate editions of Candy and, 257–60 President Kissinger and, 334 publishing successes of, 140–41 Southern and, 22, 45–46, 125–30 style of, 16 Tandem deal and, 281–83, 286, 289, 292–93 termination of Candy contract with, 208–12 U.K. rights and, 281–83, 286, 289,

nearby café, where he would go (as was his wont in London) to eavesdrop and observe. At the end of his visit, the three squeezed into the Citroën and headed for Mont Blanc. Terry was anxious for Henry to take the téléphérique to the top—an awesome and somewhat hair-raising ride. “Alarming” was to be the key word throughout the trip. Carol reports, “Driving Henry on to the airport in Nice, we were caught in a blizzard. As I turned the windshield wiper knob by hand, Henry, head out the window,

And then, when really pressed, it comes down to “He needs me.” Beauty and the beast, simple as that, Paul. Author’s Note Throughout this book, many pieces of correspondence, both personal and legal, are quoted. These original documents contain idiosyncratic spellings and grammatical usage, as well as some typographical errors and misspellings. I have made no effort to correct or alter these documents, nor have I signaled any uncommon or erroneous words or phrases with the bracketed [sic].

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