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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.
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Jesus Harvey Christ, finally! It took me an eternity to get through this. That's not a complaint as it is an observation; frame that in this: though a wonderful read - I can't count how many times I laughed, no, guffawed out loud - it is a bit long in the tooth. Some letters are a bit redundant and the book could have been better served with a few deletions. On to the next volume...more
HST was a prolific letter writer and this first volume reveals an author and personality in the midst of finding his eventual voice and taking the initial steps at creating that infamous "outlaw" image. Funny and certainly fans of the author will find it indispensable.more
I can't recommend this book highly enough, especially for any aspiring authors or anyone taking the path less traveled. This series of letters gets you into Thompson's head as he developed as an adult and as a writer. It's an amazingly honest biography, and you come away almost feeling like you know him.more
Hunter S. Thomson came to the conclusion at a very young age that he was brilliant, and as a result made a point of saving his letters to prove it. Before Gonzo was Gonzo there was Hunter S. Thomason the lover of the written word, and this collection of letters lets you in on the adventure of an author coming of age. Like the readers of Hemmingway and Kerouac, if you are a lover of Hunter S. Thompson's writing you are more than likely a lover of Hunter S. Thompson - This book is for you. Anyone not familiar with HST will find in this book the archetypical American idealist: self reliant, self directed and uncompromising. However what makes Thompson unique is that he is able to write very, very well, and in so doing his journey is told with vibrancy and power that can only be told by a man who has done much, thought a lot, and wrote even more.Editor Douglas Brinkley has done an outstanding job arranging Thompson's "trunk load of letters" from a mix of miscellaneous correspondences into a brilliant historical look at the history of America over latter half of twentieth century.more
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