New York: Summit Books/Random House, 1979-94. 1st Edition. 4 vols., octavo, publisher's variously colored cloth over variously colored paper-covered boards, spines and upper boards variously stamped, variously colored endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jackets.
"What do you say...about a generation that has been taught that rain is poison and sex is death? If making love might be fatal and if a cool spring breeze on any summer afternoon can turn a crystal blue lake into a puddle of black poison right in front of your eyes, there is not much left except TV and relentless masturbation. It's a strange world." Complete four-volume set of American journalist, author, and self-confessed political junkie Hunter S. Thompson's best-selling Gonzo Papers series. Published between 1979 and 1994, this quartet includes his most famous pieces of journalism and provides indispensable commentary on post-Nixon America in the author's distinctive "gonzo" style. The Great Shark Hunt offers 46 entries covering Nixon to napalm, Las Vegas to Watergate, Carter to cocaine, along with the first piece to be dubbed "gonzo"—"The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved," which appeared in Scanlan's Monthly in 1970; Generation of Swine comprises 100 of Thompson's columns from September 1985 to November 1988 in the San Francisco Examiner where he discusses the political milieu of the 80s with significant coverage of the Iran-Contra Affair and Gary Hart's run for president; Songs of the Doomed is predominantly composed of pieces from the Reagan era along with excerpts from his unfinished first novel Prince Jellyfish; and Better Than Sex chronicles the fall of George Bush and the rise of Bill Clinton, along with the behind-the-scenes mania of his 1992 campaign. In Warren Hinckle’s biography Who Killed Hunter S. Thompson?, journalist Bill Cardoso, recounts: "I was in awe at this pioneering accomplishment and said so in a note, telling him, 'I don’t know what the fuck you're doing, but you've changed everything. It's totally gonzo.' Hunter ran with it." All first printings, with complete number rows to copyright pages. All volumes with light edgewear (slightly heavier to vol. II), in unclipped dust jackets with occasional minor edgewear. Near fine overall. Item #2484