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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. Illustrated by Ralph Steadman.

by THOMPSON, Hunter S

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New York: Random House,, 1971. A classic of our time" - Cormac McCarthy First edition in book form, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. This semi-fictional account of Thompson's drug-fuelled trip to Las Vegas with his lawyer, Oscar Zeta Acosta, is rare signed. It was adapted into a film by Terry Gilliam in 1998, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro. "Written in the voice of Thompson's alter ego, Raoul Duke, a cynical, chain-smoking, whiskey-guzzling, gun-loving connoisseur of illicit drugs, [Fear and Loathing] chronicled the chemically enhanced adventures of Duke and his companion, Dr. Gonzo, as they explored the crassness of American culture" (ANB). Fear and Loathing's blend of fact and fiction initiated the genre of "gonzo journalism", which rejected objectivity and placed the writer or reporter at the centre of the story. It first appeared in November 1971 as a two-part series in Rolling Stone magazine. Octavo. Original black quarter cloth, spine lettered in silver, grey boards with Steadman design on front cover in blind. With dust jacket. Illustrated title page and 19 line drawings by Steadman. Extremities lightly sunned, head of rear cover lightly bumped, a few spots to edges; short closed tear to front fold of slightly toned jacket, unclipped: a near-fine copy in like jacket.


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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