"WE WERE SOMEWHERE AROUND BARSTOW ON THE EDGE OF THE DESERT WHEN THE DRUGS BEGAN TO TAKE HOLD": FIRST EDITION OF FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
THOMPSON, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. New York: Random House, (1971). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition of Thompson's landmark picaresque journey into the American dream, basis for the 1998 film starring Johnny Depp.
"Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas… cemented Thompson's place as a singular presence in American journalism or, as he once called himself, 'a connoisseur of edge work" (New York Times). With in-text illustrations by Ralph Steadman, Thompson's second book, the embodiment of Gonzo journalism, "is a custom-crafted study of paranoia, a spew from the 1960s and—in all its hysteria, insolence, insult, and rot—a desperate and important book, a wired nightmare, the funniest piece of American prose since Naked Lunch" (Books of the Century, 278-80). In 1998, Terry Gilliam directed the film version, starring Johnny Depp. "First Edition" on copyright page.
A fine copy.