The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 : 1955-67, Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman v. 1 Hardcover – 2 Sep 1997
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Here, for the first time, is the private and most intimate correspondence of one of America's most influential and incisive journalists--Hunter S. Thompson. In letters to a Who's Who of luminaries from Norman Mailer to Charles Kuralt, Tom Wolfe to Lyndon Johnson, William Styron to Joan Baez--not to mention his mother, the NRA, and a chain of newspaper editors--Thompson vividly catches the tenor of the times in 1960s America and channels it all through his own razor-sharp perspective. Passionate in their admiration, merciless in their scorn, and never anything less than fascinating, the dispatches of The Proud Highway offer an unprecedented and penetrating gaze into the evolution of the most outrageous raconteur/provocateur ever to assault a typewriter. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
The book is well edited with notes between the correspondences regarding the situations at hand and information on the characters involved.
I've read a couple of biographies on HST but this gives a much more in- depth understanding and altogether more complete idea not only of the man in question, but also the workings of the world of journalism and the general political state of the world at the time (which remains depressingly similar to the present).
For me the book started off as a bit of a slog but as progresses it builds into a compelling structure of HST's inner workings thats well worth the ride.
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Really funny and inciteful read into the life of HST.Early accounts of his childhood and his first travels abroad entering the world as a jornalist, to the writing of Hells Angels.Published on 26 April 2012 by gareth brown
Hunter blossoms into psychohood in this grand book of letters of chaos, depression, drunkeness and other similar tales. Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 1999
Raise this book high and salute the will of a man to lay his life out in unsanitized words for all to see. Read morePublished on 29 May 1999
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. Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 1998