"Tune in, freak out, get beaten": First Edition of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Signed by Hunter S. Thompson and Illustrator Ralph Steadman

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream.

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

$5,000.00

Item Number: 31012

New York: Random House, 1971.

First edition of the author’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Hunter S. Thompson on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. A very sharp example.

The novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is based on two trips to Las Vegas, Nevada, that Hunter S. Thompson took with attorney and Chicano activist Oscar Zeta Acosta in March and April 1971. Thompson wrote that he concluded their March trip by spending some 36 hours alone in a hotel room "feverishly writing in my notebook" about his experiences. The genesis of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is in that notebook. The book "cemented Mr. Thompson’s place as a singular presence in American journalism or, as he once called himself, ‘a connoisseur of edge work’" (New York Times). Adapted into the 1998 film starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Torro.

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