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FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS by  Hunter S Thompson - First edition - 1971 - from Type Punch Matrix (SKU: 1150)

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS

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FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS

by Thompson, Hunter S

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About This Item

New York: Random House, 1971. First edition. Near fine in fine jacket. First printing of the book at the heart of the Hunter S. Thompson legend, a beautiful copy. A desperate, drug-fueled experiment in 'gonzo' journalism, FEAR AND LOATHING was written during Thompson's stint as Washington Correspondent for ROLLING STONE, and first appeared in the magazine in serial installments. Straddling the hazy border between thinly-veiled fiction and experimental journalism, first composed in feverish hotel-room notebook-scribbling sessions, the book remains HST's best-known and most influential work. Surreal, hallucinatory, endlessly quotable. 8.25'' x 5.75''. Original blind-stamped grey boards, backed in black cloth with silver lettering to spine. In original unclipped dust jacket, designed by Susan Schwab, illustrated by Ralph Steadman. Black and white illustrations by Steadman throughout. 206 pages. Jacket with barest rubbing to spine foot, faint spot to verso of spine head, close inspection only. Book edges just sunned, minimal foxing to text block edges. Much nicer than usually seen.

Synopsis

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is a novel by Hunter S. Thompson, illustrated by Ralph Steadman. The book is a roman à clef, rooted in autobiographical incidents. The story follows its protagonist, Raoul Duke, and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo, as they descend on Las Vegas to chase the American Dream through a drug-induced haze. The novel first appeared as a two-part series in Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, was printed as a book the same year, and was later adapted into a film of the same name in 1998 starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro. According to The New York Times,  Fear and Loathing "cemented Mr. Thompson's place as a singular presence in American journalism or, as he once called himself, 'a connoisseur of edge work.'"

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Bookseller
Type Punch Matrix US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
1150
Title
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
Author
Thompson, Hunter S
Book condition
Used - Near fine in fine jacket
Quantity available
1
Edition
First edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Random House
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1971
Keywords
Drug Culture,20th century,Post-WWII

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