Item #338367 The Magic Christian. Terry Southern.
The Magic Christian
The Magic Christian
The Magic Christian

Inscribed to “Big Bob” Silvers

The Magic Christian.

New York: Random House, 1960.

First American edition, first printing. 148 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed to “Big Bob” Silvers. Publisher's black boards titled in gilt, pig stamped in pink on front cover. About near fine in very good dust jacket (with some toning, closed tears, and a chip along the top by the author photo with small loss about 2 cm x .25 cm) Item #338367

Inscribed on the flyleaf: "To Big Bob, best of luck, Terry."

Terry Southern, acclaimed satirist and screenwriter, was a regular contributor to the Paris Review from its launch in 1953, and among his contributions were interviews on the Art of Fiction with Nelson Algren and Henry Yorke. “Grand Guy Grand”, a portion of The Magic Christian, appeared in the Paris Review in 1959 and was awarded the Vanderbilt Prize for Humorous Fiction (a similar prize, now given by the Paris Review, is called The Terry Southern Prize). The Magic Christian was made into a 1969 movie starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr.
The recipient of this copy, Robert Silvers, was managing editor of the Paris Review from 1954 to 1958. George Plimpton wrote “He made The Paris Review what it was.” Silvers returned to New York and became the literary editor for Harper’s, and was founding editor (with Barbara Epstein) of the New York Review of Books. Southern contributed one brief essay to the Review in its first year.
Soon after publication of The Magic Christian, Southern began to work with Stanley Kubrick on the script for what became Dr. Strangelove, and embarked on a successful career as a screenwiter, including, most notably, Easy Rider.

A choice New York literary association.

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