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Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert Paperback – September 20, 2011
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"Keep This Quiet offers an illuminating look at Hunter S. Thompson in full throttle trying to make it as a Top Notch prose-stylist. Harrell fills in many important biographical gaps. A welcome addition to what is becoming the HST cottage industry. Read it" - Douglas Brinkley, editor of The Proud Highway and Fear and Loathing in America.
"KEEP THIS QUIET! a memoir: My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert by Margaret A. Harrell is a masterpiece! I never expected to say that about a memoir" - Ron Whitehead, outlaw poet
"If you want to know what the Sixties were really like, read Keep This Quiet: A Memoir. It's all there: the openness, the hope, the ideals, the risks, the highs and lows, the travel, the love" -Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek and Terroir
"Harrell beautifully tells the story of how her relationships with the three men, predominantly Thompson, progressed, sharing intimate moments and keeping the reader turning the page" - Portland Book Review
"Harrell is an excellent storyteller, in a story that is never about the narrative, but about the real people. Every person in the book is bold and well defined" - San Francisco Book Review "Harrell beautifully tells the story of how her relationships with the three men, predominantly Thompson, progressed, sharing intimate moments and keeping the reader turning the page - Portland Book Review" "If you want to know what the Sixties were really like, read 'Keep This Quiet: A Memoir.' It's all there: the openness, the hope, the ideals, the risks, the highs and lows, the travel, the love" - Robert Morgan, author of "Gap Creek" and "Terroir" "A Feast for the Gonzo Soul"-Martin Flynn, owner of www.hstbooks.org "Margaret Harrell's Keep This Quiet offers an illuminating look at Hunter S. Thompson in full throttle trying to make it as a Top Notch prose-stylist. Harrell fills in many important biographical gaps. A welcome addition to what is becoming the HST cottage industry. Read it"-Douglas Brinkley, editor of The Proud Highway and Fear and Loathing in America "Keep This Quiet! is a moving read and much recommended to any literary studies or memoir collection"-Midwest Book Review "In the ever expanding list of biographies and memoirs about Hunter S. Thompson, this latest offering, Keep This Quiet! by Margaret A. Harrell, is quite simply a breath of fresh air. . . . What sets 'Keep This Quiet!' apart is the extent to which Harrell explores the question of identity and myth, in her quest to simultaneously answer questions concerning her own character and that of one Hunter S. Thompson . . . In closing, this book is a joy to read, particularly for anyone that has that urge to express themselves through the creative arts in all their forms."
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Margaret A. Harrell showed up to tell me about her new book Keep This Quiet: My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert.This is no ordinary book about or including Thompson. It's a memoir detailing personal relationships with three authors, the main focus being on Hunter. I'm going to focus on the HST part but must stress that this book, as a memoir is quite deep and holds the door open for the reader. While Hunter is a huge selling point, the book has the legs to stand alone.
Margaret worked with Hunter as his copy editor (for Random House) on none other than Hell's Angels, his first book. According to Hunter she was the best copy editor he'd ever worked with. The Gonzo freaks among us will remember her getting hefty mentions in Fear and Loathing in America. I'd (needlessly) be inclined to ask myself where does one go from there? Lots of places as it turns out. Harrell clearly had an impact on Hunter, and witnessed the unfolding of the Gonzo legacy. What gives this book more pull is that until now Harrell has never published a word about Hunter. She says "The two other males in this book, I've written about in the past but not Hunter. Never Hunter. I write this book, triggered by his death."
And so she wrote. Looking at the picture of Margaret on the back cover and the few inside she strikes me as being an innocent sort.Read more ›
Margaret Harrell edited Hunter Thompson's "Hells Angels," meeting him as he was finding his power as a writer at 27. She was romantically involved with Hunter, and writes about their relationship, sharing many funny and telling incidents and their personal correspondence for the first time.
Other people in Hunter's milieu appear, and the setting moves from New York to California, and Europe. Two other innovative writers of the 60s who impacted her life, the Flemish poet Jan Mensaert, who would become her husband, and poet Milton Klonsky, are major figures in the book as well.
--Simone Corday is the author of 9 1/2 Years Behind the Green Door: A Mitchell Brothers Stripper Remembers her Lover Artie Mitchell, Hunter S. Thompson, and the Killing that Rocked San Francisco.
I highly recommend Harrell's memoir. I wish there was a sixth star option for the rare, exquisite pieces of literature such as, "Keep This Quiet!"
Keep This Quiet! is a fascinating memoir in this regard, one that is multi-faceted in terms of Harrell's own journey of self-discovery, both in a personal and artistic sense and the manner in which this is mirrored by the events of the period, with the tumultuous Sixties marking a nation tragically losing its innocence courtesy of the assassins bullet and the toil of war. It is also, of course, a time of exuberant creativity and this is evident throughout, with Harrell also detailing her relationship with "poète maudit" Jan Mensaert and Greenwich Village "poet genius" Milton Klonsky. Working at Random House placed Harrell at the centre of a literary world and this is reflected by the many different characters that make an appearance - from Hunter's oldest friends William Kennedy and David Pierce to non other than Oscar Zeta Acosta, of whom Harrell includes rare letters that he sent to her concerning getting published at Random House.
It is Harrell's insight into the development of Thompson both as an author and a character that truly set this memoir apart.Read more ›
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The first time I met Margaret, she sat down beside me (or, was it the other way around?) in a meeting and immediately, I knew I wanted to get to know her. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Conscious Joy
A fascinating insight into the world of the writer, a bygone era brought back to a life by an author with intimate knowledge. Read morePublished on June 26, 2014 by David M. Beall
Bravely told and hauntingly wise, Margaret Harrell’s KEEP THIS QUIET! books read like a Sally Rand fan dance at the top of her form. Read morePublished on May 19, 2014 by Bradley James Weber
Margaret Harrell's memoir, Keep This Quiet!, is a magical trip into the fascinating life and love history of this brilliant and interesting woman. Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by lmhb
If you love biographys as much as I do, than you will REALLY love this one. Margaret Ann Harrell brings the fascinating subjects she writes about brilliantly to life. Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by L. K. Connelly
keep this quiet is NOT a quiet little book!I approached it with some trepidation,afraid that it might be full of self-aggrandizement and worthless gossip as memoirs of famous... Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by linda jovin
A must read for any Hunter Thompson groupie. Margaret wisks the reader away on the aformentioned carpet as she journeys through the US, Europe and Africa on a marvelous adventure. Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by Gregg Bauer
Memoir can be so intimate a narrative form. Margaret Harrell's story is intimate and revealing, as she shares with the reader her affair with HST and details of his early writing... Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by Blueboy