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N.Y. Library Acquires Southern Archive

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N.Y. Library Acquires Southern Archive

The New York Public Library has acquired the archive of author Terry Southern, whose screenplays for "Dr. Strangelove" and "Easy Rider" captured the rebellious 1960s in America.

Southern taught screenwriting at New York University and Columbia University from the late 1980s until his death in 1995 at age 71.

The archive was acquired from the Terry Southern Literary Trust through a gift from film director Steven Soderbergh.

Southern's son, Nile Southern, a co-trustee of the literary trust, said the collection would "connect the dots and bridge the gaps between the Beats and the Beatles."

The archive includes correspondence and other items from literary and cultural figures such as George Plimpton, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Frank O'Hara, Gore Vidal, Abbie Hoffman and Edmund Wilson; and rock stars John Lennon, Ringo Starr and The Rolling Stones.

It also contains materials relating to the screenplay of 1964's "Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," a collaboration between Southern and director Stanley Kubrick, and the original screenplay of 1969's "Easy Rider," which Southern wrote with the film's stars, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper.

"His totally unique style and point of view extended beyond just his books and films," Soderbergh said Tuesday, "and anyone who chooses to explore Terry's life through these archives will find themselves endlessly fascinated and wildly entertained."

Southern's books include "Flash and Filigree," "Candy" and "The Magic Christian."

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