Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hardback Modern Library (Hardcover)

By (author) Hunter S. Thompson

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 23mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 5 May 1998
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0679602984
  • ISBN 13: 9780679602989
  • Edition: 1998, Media tie-in
  • Edition statement: Film tie-in edition
  • Illustrations note: 20 B&W ILLUSTRATIONS
  • Sales rank: 81,473

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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).

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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."