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The Proud Highway: 1955-67, Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman v.1: Fear and Loathing Letters: 1955-67, Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman Vol 1 [Paperback]

Hunter S. Thompson , Douglas Brinkley
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28 Mar 1998 Fear and Loathing Letters
This is Hunter Thompson's perception of the 1960s as told through his letters from 1955 to 1967 (age 17 to 29). Addicted to drugs and alcohol at the time, Thompson's rage and drug-taking derived from his understanding of how much better the world could be, yet how little he could do to improve it.

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (28 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747536198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747536192
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Proud Highway is the first in an anticipated three- volume collection of the letters of Hunter S. Thompson. It includes letters spanning a 12-year period, during which time Thompson survived his first incarceration, graduated from high school, was discharged from the Air Force, drank to excess, wrote prolifically in obscurity and finally achieved notoriety with the publication of Hell's Angels, his first successful book. The letters are frantic and comedic, self- righteous and intensely cynical. He writes to friends and family, famous authors he admired and even the president of the United States. As Thompson travels from New York City to Puerto Rico, then on to South America and Northern California, his letters trace the development and refinement of his talent. This collection of Thompson's early writings paints a portrait of the man before words like "Gonzo", "Doctor" and "fear and loathing" were inextricably linked to his name, revealing the unrestrained ego that serves as the foundation for the talent of this popular and important American writer.

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Hunter S. Thompson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a regular contributor to various national and international publications. He now lives in a fortified compound in Colorado. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This book, a collection of Thompson's early letters to friends and associates as well as potential (or soon to be ex) employers, is outstanding in every way.
The great selection of the letters together with Thompson's unparralelled ability to express himself via the written word creates an amazing voyage through his early career.
Starting in earnest with his initial career in the Airforce and concluding with him on the cusp of the greatness to come, the book takes us on this journey through his own eyes. I was amazed at how lucid and absorbing a book made up entirely of corresponance could be - only a man of Hunter S's ability to express through language could have succeeded in this achievement. Those who have read the Great Shark Hunt will be transfixed, those who haven't should. An absolute must for anyone with any interest in HST, the sixties, american literature or indeed anyone who just enjoys a damn good book. Outstanding. I just can't wait for Volume 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud on the rush hour tube. 25 April 2001
By Tsun
I have neaver been one for openly laughing in public places. But this cracked me up. This is Hunter at his most human and his most pithy. You get to see the seeds of disillusionment being sown, and growing into the tree of dissatisfaction. An insight into the life of Hunter Thompson, aspiring writer, Hunter the family man, and introduces you to the many facets of the man perhaps not thought of in the drug addled rush of gonzo journalism. This is a cracking book and I can't wait for the next two volumes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HST King of Gonzo R.I.P. 21 Feb 2005
By A Customer
I am sad at hearing of the death of this GREAT man today.
Hunter R.I.P. - you have been an inspiration to me ever since I read The Great Shark Hunt about 20 years ago. Since then I have read almost everything you published and everything I can find that has been written about you.... A true Hero.
This collection of HST's early writing is as inspiring as his later works. It helped me to understand more about what made him and what makes him tick. Above all, HST, more than any other writer, has helped me understand more about why the western world is as it is.
I would recommed anyone new to HST starts with The Great Shark Hunt and then on to this wonderful volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not so bad. 17 Sep 1997
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For those who have mourned Thompson's extended plummet into pathetic self-indulgent schtick, this book is a reminder of what we lost. The central theme of the book turns out to be poverty and desparation as a catalyst for creativity. The letters are stunning. There is something fundamentally reassuring about a guy who hocks his beloved high-powered rifle to feed his writing habit. In retrospect, though, and with the hindsight provided by the hideous crap Thompson has foisted upon us since about 1976 (with the notable exception of Curse of Lono), the letters really become the tale of a tormented artist desparately seeking to escape his muse. Regrettably, Thompson succeeded. The story told by the letters and Thompson's later work is that Thompson was only willing to try to satisfy the demands of his talent for so long as he had to try to survive. Like so much of his recent work, this book is a monument to avoiding more creation. I'm certain that Thompson put these letters together not for the remarkable work that they are, but to keep himself in barbituates and hunting knives -- or whatever he is currently using to distract him from his lost art. For once, though, Thompson's fear has outsmarted him. In his continuing effort to find an easy way to cash -in his reputation without actually writing, he accidently provided something worth reading.
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This chronicle of the great Doctors life during the 60's is both fascinating, and at times terrifying. It is amazing how one man can go through so mcuh, and yet find such lttle reward from those around him. The highlight of the book in my mind is the letter involving Thompson being fired for attacking a candy machine. Pure gonzo journalism that never relinquishes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I bet Oprah won't put her label on this one. 29 May 1999
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Raise this book high and salute the will of a man to lay his life out in unsanitized words for all to see. This is a book that proves that the pen is not only mightier than the sword but leaves scars that cut deeper and last much longer. Not since Jack London's "Martin Eden" have I read such a terrifying account of a writer struggling against the forces in society that sneer and wag their self-righteous fingers at honesty, and even more so the will of the messenger to reveal it. Part anarchist and full iconoclast, Thompson takes on all comers from Hell's Angels to Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and especially the low-life agents and editors that would steal thier mother's walking stick to fend off a writer coming after his (or her) due. If you enjoy Thompson's work this is a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eating skyward with a nosefull of ignorance 5 Mar 1998
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A truely facinating approach to biography. None of the snooty, staleness is evedent here, that might be found in the self concious memoirs of a biography. Read this and weep. Nay read this and bleed you eyes dry. The death of humanity aproaches, so let this be the warning shot that is sounded over the flimsy silk bow, that guards the edge of the world.
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