American journalist Hunter S. Thompson is a mythical figure, partly by his own design, and partly, perversely, against his wishes. Norman Mailer called him ‘a legend in successful self-abuse.’ Biographer E. Jean Carroll reported Thompson’s daily working regime, which allegedly started at 3pm.
While writing he consumed: Chivas Regal, Dunhills, cocaine, orange juice, marijuana, Heineken, huge helpings of food, LSD, Chartreuse, clove cigarettes, gin and pornographic films. Compare this with the drug collection of Raoul Duke, the first person narrator of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a scorching epochal sensation. There are only two adjectives writers care about any more…’brilliant’ and ‘outrageous’…and Hunter Thompson has a free hold on both of them’ (Tom Wolfe).
First edition, 8vo., illustrations throughout by Ralph Steadman, publisher’s cloth-backed boards with figure stamped in blind on upper cover, fading to extremities top and bottom, small restoration to base of spine at upper corner, some staining to edge of text block, slight weeping to margin of a few pages, illustrated dust-jacket, very light browning to spine, minor creasing to head and foot, otherwise a very good copy.
Stock ID: 97816