Issue 138, Spring 1996
The following pages have been set aside as a kind of tribute to honor the work of Terry Southern, who died last October in New York City —appreciations, reminiscences, critiques, as well as some original work from his files.
A longtime friend, Terry was in a sense largely responsible for the birth of this magazine back in 1933 In the early stages of publishing a Paris-based New Yorker imitation entitled The Paris News-Post, its editors, Peter Matthiessen and Harold L. Humes, were so impressed by the strength of a story submitted by their friend Terry (a section of his novel Flash and Filigree) that they decided to scrap the New Yorker imitation and start a literary magazine. The story (entitled “The Accident”) was incorporated in the first number. Thus, The Paris Review!
Terry often contributed to the magazine—stories, novel excerpts (a section of The Magic Christian won the Gertrude Vanderbilt Humor Prize) and an interview on the Art of Fiction with his friend, the novelist Henry Gr…