First Trade Edition/First Printing in Fine Condition. Brodart protected. Ships in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 003095
Synopsis: Hunter S. Thompson's legions of fans have waited a decade for this book.
They will not be disappointed. His notorious Screwjack is as salacious, unsettling, and brutally lyrical as it has been rumored to be since the private printing in 1991 of three hundred fine collectors' copies and twenty-six leather-bound presentation copies. Only the first of the three pieces included here -- "Mescalito," published in Thompson's 1990 collection Songs of the Doomed -- has been available to the public, making the trade edition of Screwjack a major publishing event.
"We live in a jungle of pending disasters," Thompson warns in "Mescalito," a chronicle of his first mescaline experience and what it sparked in him while he was alone in an L.A. hotel room in February 1969 -- including a bout of paranoia that would have made most people just scream no, once and for all. But for Thompson, along with the downside came a burst of creativity too powerful to ignore. The result is a poetic, perceptive, and wildly funny stream-of-consciousness take on 1969 America as only Hunter S. Thompson could see it.
Screwjack just gets weirder with its second offering, "Death of a Poet." As Thompson describes this trailer-park confrontation with the dark side of a deservingly doomed friend: "Whoops, I thought. Welcome to the night train."
The heart of the collection lies in its final, title piece, an unnaturally poignant love story. What makes the romantic tale "Screwjack" so touching, for all its queerness, is the aching melancholy in its depiction of the modern man's burden: that "we are doomed. Mama has gone off to Real Estate School
...and after that maybe even to Law School. We will never see her again."
Ostensibly written by Raoul Duke, "Screwjack" begins with an editor's note explaining of Thompson's alter ego that "the first few lines contain no warning of the madness and fear and lust that came more and more to plague him and dominate his life...." "I am guilty, Lord," Thompson writes, "but I am also a lover -- and I am one of your best people, as you know; and yea tho I have walked in many strange shadows and acted crazy from time to time and even drooled on many High Priests, I have not been an embarrassment to you...."
Nor has Hunter S. Thompson been to American literature. Quite the contrary: What the legendary Gonzo journalist proves with Screwjack is just how brilliant a prose stylist he really is, amid all the hilarity. As Thompson puts it in his introduction, the three stories here "build like Bolero to a faster & wilder climax that will drag the reader relentlessly up a hill, & then drop him off a cliff....That is the Desired Effect".
About the Author: Hunter S. Thompson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. His books include Hell's Angels, Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, The Rum Diary, and Better than Sex. He died in February 2005.
Title: Screwjack and Other Stories
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Simon & Schuster, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. 2000 Edition, containing "Screwjack", "Mescalito", and "Death of A Poet"; jacket shows light shelf wear with minor rub/sticker marks and is now protected by a removable, non-damaging, archival mylar cover. Pages are clean and unmarked sans publishers mark to bottom page edge and light previous owner mark to front fly paper, binding is tight and secure. We provide original pictures of all items - Please review these pictures prior to purchase, as the item pictured will be the exact item of which you will receive. All items are used and purchased from previous owners and as such, may have been previously stored in a pet-friendly or smoke-friendly environment. This item ships in a secure, padded box with tracking numbers provided to ensure easy, safe and fast delivery. Seller Inventory # 000628
Book Description Simon & Schuster, New York, 2000. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Decorative Title Page (red/gray/black); Decorative Headpieces (red/black) (illustrator). First Edition Thus. Nice copy. 59,  pages. Contains 3 short stories in all ("Mescalito" and "Death of a Poet", in addition to the title piece), plus Thompson's introduction (letter to publisher Maurice Neville). First Trade Edition - originally published in a limited edition in 1991. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Collectible. Seller Inventory # 00532462
Book Description Simon & Schuster, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. A Good Read ships from Toronto and Niagara Falls, NY - customers outside of North America please allow two to three weeks for delivery. No reprints indicated on copyrite page. ; 7 X 5.30 X 0.50 inches; 64 pages. Seller Inventory # 135216
Book Description Simon & Schuster, New York, 2000. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. NF in NF DJ Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 37051
Book Description Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A., 2000. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. First Trade Edition/First Printing in Fine Condition. Brodart protected. Ships in a box. Seller Inventory # 004998
Book Description Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A., 2000. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. First Trade Edition/First Printing in Fine Condition. Brodart protected. Ships in a box. Seller Inventory # 005253
Book Description Simon and Schuster, New York, 2000. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Condition: a fine dust jacket. First edition thus. This copy is signed in full by Dr Thompson on a large bookplate mounted to the front endpaper. This work, three pieces, first published in a limited edition (Neville 1991) of 300 signed cloth copies and 26, leather-bound presentation copies, consists of 'Mescalito', a chronicle of Thompson's first mescaline experience, 'Death of a Poet' describes a trailer-park confrontation with the dark side of a deservingly doomed friend, and the title piece, an unnaturally poignant love story (ostensibly written by Raoul Duke). 59pp. From the estate of Beef Torrey, writer (Conversations With Hunter S Thompson), raconteur and friend of many many writers. A fine copy in black cloth with silver spine stamping. Seller Inventory # 12910
Book Description Simon & Schuster, NY, 2000. Hard Cover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First Edition. ***** This is the true first trade edition, first printing. ***** This book is SIGNED by the author ("H. S. Thompson") on the second page. The author has not inscribed this book to anyone; it is just signed by the author. ***** Very nice hardcover with dust jacket. There is NO writing, NO bookplates, and NO remainder marks. It is NOT a book club edition and NOT a former library book. The dust jacket is NOT price-clipped ($15.00). ***** CONDITION: Both the book and dust jacket are in VERY FINE (new) condition. We include new mylar (clear) dust jacket protectors with all books at no charge. ***** OUR GUARANTEE TO YOU: All books are guaranteed to be as described. We believe that no sale is complete until you are happy. Any book is returnable for a full refund (including postage) if you're not 100% satisfied. All books are packaged very carefully and shipped via USPS Mail with Delivery Confirmation. Thank you! Richard Vick, Modern First Editions (Buying and Selling Modern First Editions since 1982). Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 1973
Book Description Simon & Schuster, NY, 2000. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. First trade edition. first prnt. Preceded by a limited edition of 326 copies published by Neville in 1991. Signed by Thompson (as "HSThompson") on the front free endpage. Dustjacket with small wrinkles on the front panel bottom edge. Fine condition in a Near Fine dustjacket with an archival cover, Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 101022
Book Description Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A., 2000. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Fine in Fine, Flawless, Signed ( longer version), 1st ed 1st pt in archival protection. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 045300