Terry Southern

1924 (Alvarado, Tex.) – 1995 (New York)

Southern’s very varied output makes him hard to pin down — good cover, given his range of targets. He and Corso helped persuade Girodias to publish Burroughs’ ‘Naked Lunch’ (Girodias had already published Southern under a pseudonym). Trocchi was a friend in Paris, while Richler rented a house in Provence where Southern could write without distraction. Kubrick argued over the credits for ‘Doctor Strangelove’. Dine, Oldenburg and Rivers were friends in London. Southern, Genet and Burroughs jointly covered a Democratic convention; Isherwood was among other collaborators. Green was one of one of Southern’s idols, and ended a good friend.