CandyThe sensational bestseller—a parody of Voltaire’s satire Candide—about the sexy naïf who only wants to truly give of herself
Candy, that perfect, adorable, innocent girl, was born on Valentine’s Day, and her Daddy says that’s why she’s so beautiful. At her College in Racine, Wisconsin, in Professor Mephisto’s lecture on philosophy and how “deep and aching are the needs of man,” Candy seems to take his pronouncement to heart, dedicating the rest of her days to, as Southern and Hoffenberg put it, “bringing the sweet balm of her warmth to all those lonely men on her arduous path to spiritual enlightenment.” There is the hunchback who causes her to cry out in wild abandon, “Your hump! Give me your hump!”, the crazed gynecologist in the bar bathroom who “examines” her, the salacious aunt, her father’s lecherous twin brother, and the nutty Cracker Foundation, where her guru initiates her into the mystical realm of “glandular mastery.” It is in Tibet, during an earthquake, that a holy man and the Buddha together lead her to full . . . enlightenment.
Originally published under a pseudonym, this book had the unique honor of being banned in France, only to become one of the bestselling novels of 1960s America—one that brought Southern and Hoffenberg both fame and infamy. A book that, along with Lolita, broke the grip of American literary censorship, Candy leaves you tantalized, scandalized, and weak with laughter.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Terry Southern including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate and an extended biography of Mason Hoffenberg.
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“Sex in America, after [Candy], will never be the same.” —Life “Candy proved that even a satire on sex could be sexy.” —Playboy “Wickedly funny to read and morally bracing as only good satire can be.” —William Styron “Terry Southern is the most profoundly witty writer of our generation.” —Gore Vidal
About the authors
Terry Southern (1924–1995) was an American author and screenwriter. His novels—including the bestselling cult classics Candy (1958) and The Magic Christian (1959)—established Southern as a literary and pop culture icon. He was also nominated for Academy Awards for his screenplays of Dr. Strangelove (written with Stanley Kubrick and Peter George) and Easy Rider (written with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper). His other books include Flash and Filigree (1958), Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes (1967), Blue Movie (1970), and Texas Summer (1991). In later years, he wrote for Saturday Night Live and lectured on screenwriting at New York University and Columbia University.
Mason Hoffenberg (1922-1986) was an American writer best known as the coauthor, with Terry Southern, of the cult classic novel Candy (1958). After serving in the US Army Air Force during World War II, Hoffenberg studied at the New School and the Sorbonne on the GI Bill. He eventually settled in Paris, where he wrote "dirty books" for the groundbreaking avant-garde publisher Olympia Press and helped edit the Olympia Review.