New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998. Advance Uncorrected Proof. Tall narrow octavo, publisher's printed wraps.
"Like most others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles—a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other —that kept me going." Advance uncorrected proof (ARC) of the original gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's "long lost novel." Written in 1959 when Thompson was only 22-years old, the semi-autobiographical account of his time as a young reporter in Puerto Rico was only published after Johnny Depp (who would produce and star in the film adaptation) unearthed the manuscript decades later. In a 2011 interview Depp explained: "Hunter and I were going through the manuscript for Fear and Loathing [In Las Vegas] at the time, it was about 1997, and I happened upon this cardboard box, in there was the manuscript for The Rum Diary. He hadn’t seen it since '59-'60 when he wrote it and threw it in a box. We started reading from it and it was awfully good." Published in a first trade edition in October 1998. Faint stain and scuffing to rear wrap, else fine. Item #2414