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Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert

Harrell, Margaret A.

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ISBN 10: 0983704503 / ISBN 13: 9780983704508
Published by Saeculum University Press, U.S.A., 2011
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This is a new first edition paperback copy, black spine. Flat signed by the author on the title page. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 072211

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Title: Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter...

Publisher: Saeculum University Press, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: wraps

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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"Hunter often said Harrell was the best copy editor he'd ever worked with" (William McKeen, Outlaw Journalist).  But what was the rest of the story?
Keep This Quiet captures the fear and loathing, charm and romance of Hunter in the late Sixties - along with tales of two other underground authors. Included are genuine, funny letters he sent Margaret during and after the publication of Hell's Angels. Also, priceless reminiscences of some of Hunter's oldest friends: William Kennedy, David Pierce, Rosalie Sorrels, and editor Jim Silberman - covered in no other account. Featured in addition are "poète maudit" Jan Mensaert and Greenwich Village "poet genius" Milton Klonsky. Also appearing in the book in his own words is Hunter's sidekick Oscar Acosta as well as The Realist founder, Paul Krassner.

"The reader comes to feel an affinity with the trio of writers in their attempts to achieve their iconoclastic visions of success, glimpsing them as individuals beyond their work, seeing how they think. Their genius, for Harrell, consisted in their being wholly themselves. Memoir will  likely please Hunter S. Thompson fans and appeal to readers with an interest in the beginnings of the post-modern era or the personal sacrifices involved in bringing serious writing to fruition" - Kirkus Indie Reviews.

From the Author:

Hunter begins practically his first letter to me - about Hell's Angels - like this: "It is now four hours and twenty minutes past the midnight hour deadine for my leaving ths house but I'm still here, sitting in a heap of boxes and debris....working on this, my final effort on what now appears to be a doomed book." Yes, that was Hell's Angels. We all know how the story ended, but there's a story there - a Gonzo one - in getting the manscript past the deadline, over the wire, and into the book pages. That's the story of Keep This Quiet! The real close-up, inside look at Hunter in those days. Some commenter on Hell's Angels raise such questions as how much the stomping affected the perspective of the book. Questions like that are answered in Keep This Quiet! In this case, none. Not one bit. The manuscript was already turned in. It was the usual situation for Hunter: Hold the presses!!! There's been a development. And we did.

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