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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories Hardcover - 1998

by Hunter S. Thompson; Ralph Steadman (Illustrator)

Thompson's legendary tale of excess. The long-awaited feature film promises to be one of the most talked-about movies of the season, starring Johnny Depp.


From the publisher

Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 — February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. He was known for his flamboyant writing style, most notably deployed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which blurred the distinctions between writer and subject, fiction and nonfiction.

The best source on Thompson's writing style and personality is Thompson himself. His books include Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga (1966), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1972), Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (1973); The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time (1979); The Curse of Lono (1983); Generation of Swine, Gonzo Papers Vol. 2: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the 80's (1988); and Songs of the Doomed (1990).

From the jacket flap

First published in Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is Hunter S. Thompson's savagely comic account of what happened to this country in the 1960s. It is told through the writer's account of an assignment he undertook with his attorney to visit Las Vegas and "check it out." The book stands as the final word on the highs and lows of that decade, one of the defining works of our time, and a stylistic and journalistic tour de force. As Christopher Lehmann-Haupt wrote in The New York Times, it has "a kind of mad, corrosive prose poetry that picks up where Norman Mailer's An American Dream left off and explores what Tom Wolfe left out."
This Modern Library edition features Ralph Steadman's original drawings and three companion pieces selected by Dr. Thompson: "Jacket Copy for Fear and Loath-
ing in Las Vegas," "Strange Rumblings in Aztlan," and "The Kentucky Derby Is Deca-
dent and Depraved."

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  • Title Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories
  • Author Hunter S. Thompson; Ralph Steadman (Illustrator)
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition Later Printing
  • Pages 320
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Modern Library, New York
  • Date 1998-05-05
  • Illustrated Yes
  • Features Dust Cover, Illustrated, Table of Contents
  • ISBN 9780679602989 / 0679602984
  • Weight 0.84 lbs (0.38 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.4 x 5.62 x 0.73 in (21.34 x 14.27 x 1.85 cm)
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 1960's
    • Chronological Period: 20th Century
    • Chronological Period: 1950-1999
  • Library of Congress subjects Journalists - United States, Thompson, Hunter S
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 98012001
  • Dewey Decimal Code B

About the author

Hunter S. Thompson was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1937 and died in Colorado in 2005. He contributed regularly to a wide variety of publications but is probably best known for his work as national-affairs correspondent for Rolling Stone, in which Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 originally appeared. He originated "gonzo journalism," in which the reporter is a part of the story. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was made into a major motion picture, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp.
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