No writer, not even Hemingway or Rimbaud, led as bizarre and eventful a life as the once celebrated Soho dandy Julian Maclaren-Ross (1912-64). Next to him, the conventional icons of London bohemia, among them Francis Bacon and Jeffrey Bernard, appear models of stability and self-restraint. Besides providing a detailed account of his extraordinary escapades, "Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia" offers a portrait of the bohemian pub and club scene within which Maclaren-Ross was such a conspicuous figure. In the course of 52 hectic years, he endured homelessness, alcoholism, drug addiction, and near-insanity, culminating in an erotic fixation on George Orwell's glamorous widow, whom he plotted to murder. At one stage he was even the target of a Scotland Yard man-hunt. All this took place against a variety of colourful backdrops, encompassing not just Soho but also the raffish cafe society that flourished on the French Riviera during the 1920s. Fascinated by Maclaren-Ross's turbulent life, numerous other prominent novelists modelled characters on him, among them Graham Greene, Anthony Powell and Olivia Manning. Despite everything, Maclaren-Ross produced influential, sporadically brilliant work, revered by the likes of Evelyn Waugh and John Betjeman, the latter declaring him a genius. These days, his many high-profile admirers include Melvyn Bragg, Iain Sinclair and Harold Pinter.
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