FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream. Illustrations by Ralph Steadman

New York: Random House, (1971). Ralph Steadman. First edition. Hardcover. This copy hand-signed by the author on his official bookplate (made on his computer in 1997) and pasted to the half-title page. A rare bird signed in full (instead of the normal 'HST'). The book is a roman a 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, all the while ruminating on the failure of the 1960s countercultural movement. The work is Thompson's most famous book, and is noted for its lurid descriptions of illegal drug use and its early retrospective on the culture of the 1960s. Its popularization of Thompson's highly subjective blend of fact and fiction has become known as gonzo journalism. The novel first appeared as a two-part series in Rolling Stone magazine in 1971, and was published as a book in 1972. It was later adapted into a film of the same title in 1998 by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro who portrayed Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, respectively. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Item #14498

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