Hunter S. Thompson Letter Archive

Made up of 182 letters, including handwritten, typed, signed, telegrams, and postcards, as well as three drawings, this Hunter S. Thompson Letter Archive is a treasure trove of writing from the storied author. The vast majority of the letters, dated from 1955 to 1974, are from Thompson to childhood Paul Semonin, and show the evolution of his signature Gonzo style, as well as recounting his time in Big Sur, the writing of The Rum Diary, and his time with — and beating by — the Hell's Angels that inspired the book of the same name. Of historical importance is a famous letter written the day of JFK's assassination, which was only partially published, along with 24 of the other letters, in The Proud Highway: The Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman 1955-1967. As a whole, the lot represents a one-of-a-kind look into the inner workings of one of the last century's greatest authors.

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