"I am guilty, Lord. but I am also a lover -- and I am one of your best people": First Edition of Hunter S. Thompson's Screw-Jack; Signed by Him
Thompson, Hunter S.
Item Number: 74049
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.
First edition of this collection of short stories. Small octavo, original boards. Boldly signed in full by Hunter S. Thompson on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Pat Reagh.
Ostensibly written by Raoul Duke, "Screwjack" begins with an editor's note explaining of Thompson's alter ego that "the first few lines contain no warning of the madness and fear and lust that came more and more to plague him and dominate his life...." "I am guilty, Lord," Thompson writes, "but I am also a lover -- and I am one of your best people, as you know; and yea tho I have walked in many strange shadows and acted crazy from time to time and even drooled on many High Priests, I have not been an embarrassment to you...." Nor has Hunter S. Thompson been to American literature. Quite the contrary: What the legendary Gonzo journalist proves with Screwjack is just how brilliant a prose stylist he really is, amid all the hilarity. As Thompson puts it in his introduction, the three stories here "build like Bolero to a faster & wilder climax that will drag the reader relentlessly up a hill, & then drop him off a cliff....That is the Desired Effect".