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Flash and filigree : typescript draft with autograph and typescript emendations : New York, [1953?].
Southern, Terry.

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TextPermit needed Berg Coll m.b. Southern F53 1953Schwarzman Building - Berg Collection Room 320


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Southern, Terry.
1; 27 cm.
  • Typed on rectos only.
  • Autograph emendations are in pencil, black pen, blue pen, blue pencil, and red pencil.
  • Signed in pencil by Terry Southern on title page, which also bears his typed Manhattan address: "107 West 46th Street"; first page signed in black pen with his Manhattan address ("269 W. 11") and telephone number beneath his name.
  • The Berg Collection houses manuscript drafts of Flash and Filigree, separately cataloged (Berg Coll Cased Southern F53 1952), as well as later typescripts separately desribed in the finding aid for the Terry Southern Papers (Boxes 7 and 8).
  • William Styron recalled, in the Paris Review (v. 38, no. 138, Spring 1996), his reaction to Southern's manuscript: "That June [1952] I was busy in my room each afternoon, writing on a manuscript that would eventually become my short novel The Long March. One afternoon, unannounced, Terry showed up with his own manuscript and asked me if I would read it. [...] The manuscript he brought me made up the beginning chapters of Flash and Filigree, and I was amazed by the quality of the prose, which was intricately mannered though evocative and unfailingly alive. The writing plainly owed a debt to Terry's literary idol, the British novelist Henry Green, one of those sui generis writers you imitate upon pain of death, but nonetheless what I read of Flash and Filigree was fresh and exciting, and later I told him so."
  • The first chapter of Flash and Filigree was published in the first issue of Paris Review by George Plimpton, and its appearance was, in large part, the reason that the journal became a venue for short fiction and not exclusively for poetry, as its editors had at first intended. In 2001 Plimpton wrote: "The first piece of fiction I saw of Southern's was, as it happened, instrumental in the birth of the Paris Review -- a short story (actually a section of his first novel, Flash and Filigree ) that persuaded Peter Mathiessen and Harold L. Humes to scrap the Paris-based New Yorker imitation they had in mind and start a purely literary magazine."
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Southern, Terry.
Flash and filigree : typescript draft with autograph and typescript emendations : New York, [1953?].
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