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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

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas : A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas : A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream Paperback - 1998

by Thompson, Hunter S

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  • Title Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas : A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
  • Author Thompson, Hunter S
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition 2nd
  • Condition Used - Good
  • Pages 224
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, New York, New York, U.s.a.
  • Date 1998-05-12
  • Bookseller's Inventory # GRP98811257
  • ISBN 9780679785897 / 0679785892
  • Weight 0.46 lbs (0.21 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.04 x 5.24 x 0.61 in (20.42 x 13.31 x 1.55 cm)
  • Themes
    • Chronological Period: 1960's
    • Chronological Period: 20th Century
    • Chronological Period: 1950-1999
  • Library of Congress subjects Journalists - United States, Journalists - United States - Biography
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 99166266
  • Dewey Decimal Code B

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About this book

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.'"

Summary

This cult classic of gonzo journalism is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken. Also a major motion picture directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.

From the publisher

Hunter S. Thompson lives in Woody Creek, Colorado.

From the jacket flap

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken.
Now this cult classic of gonzo journalism is a major motion picture from Universal, directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro. Opens everywhere on May 22, 1998.

First Edition Identification

In November 1971, Rolling Stone published the text as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, a two-part article with the original illustrations by Ralph Steadman. Later that same year, Random House quickly published the hardcover edition with additional Steadman illustrations. First editions from Random House state "First Edition" along with a number line having '2' as its lowest number and no additional printings listed.

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Citations

  • Entertainment Weekly, 12/11/2009, Page 37

About the author

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).