Steadman, Ralph. Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1971. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Ralph Steadman. First edition, first printing. Publisher's quarter black cloth and gray paper-covered boards, lettered in white to spine and stamped in blind to front board with Steadman's illustration; in the original white pictorial dust jacket designed by Susan Schwaab. A near fine copy with some toning to extremities, slight lean to spine, and touch of soiling to front endpapers; in an about very good dust jacket, variously soiled with wear to extremities and a couple of rough tears to spine ends, tiny holes to spine panel and rear fold. From the personal library of Marshall Efron. Originally published in Rolling Stone, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the author's best known "failed but essentially noble experiment in Gonzo journalism," a literary genre that subjectively blends truth and fiction. The novel tells of the protagonist Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo as they travel on a drug-fueled, wild adventure "into the heart of the American Dream." The plot is loosely based on the author's actual adventures with American attorney and activist Oscar Zeta Acosta and is supplemented with Thompson's reflections on the 1960's counterculture movement. Ralph Steadman's iconic and grotesquely beautiful illustrations animate Thompson's bizarre journey, assisting the reader in picturing the novel's absurd events. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was adapted into a popular film of the same name, starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro, in 1998. Marshall Efron (b. 1938) is an American actor, humorist, and author associated with the art and literary scene in San Francisco and New York, particularly the Beat community. Most famous for his satirical television show on PBS, The Great American Dream Machine (1971-1972), and his radio shows on WBAI and KPFK, Efron also worked as a clerk at City Lights Books in San Francisco, a bookstore and publishing house founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953 that served as a creative hub for writers of the Beat generation. Well known among the community, Efron remained friends with Ferlinghetti and other writers like Allen Ginsberg and Dylan Thomas throughout his career.