- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Saeculum University Press (September 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983704503
- ISBN-13: 978-0983704508
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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"Readers will be privy to never-before-published letters from Hunter Thompson, deepening insight into the turning point in his career and emergence into Gonzo" - Bernie Nelson, The MindQuest Review
"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."
From the Author
Hunter begins practically his first letter to me - about Hell's Angels - like this: "It is now four hours and twenty minutes past the midnight hour deadine for my leaving ths house but I'm still here, sitting in a heap of boxes and debris....working on this, my final effort on what now appears to be a doomed book." Yes, that was Hell's Angels. We all know how the story ended, but there's a story there - a Gonzo one - in getting the manscript past the deadline, over the wire, and into the book pages. That's the story of Keep This Quiet! The real close-up, inside look at Hunter in those days. Some commenter on Hell's Angels raise such questions as how much the stomping affected the perspective of the book. Questions like that are answered in Keep This Quiet! In this case, none. Not one bit. The manuscript was already turned in. It was the usual situation for Hunter: Hold the presses!!! There's been a development. And we did.
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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!"
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. Butter wouldn't melt for want of a better phrase. Their relationship firstly developed by letter and phone. Yes, on their first face-to-face meeting it would seem she was nervous but as things progressed we learn that she has indeed a reinforced spine, and ample psychological finesse, both of which I believe must have been most important when dealing with Hunter S. Thompson, at the same time I must not belittle the mutual care and respect that developed between them. And there I shall leave that subject. It must be read to be appreciated.
As well as tales from William Kennedy, David Pierce and others we are treated to correspondence from Oscar Acosta, and letters from Hunter we've never seen before. The well known Blue Indigo snake story is clarified. Margaret was one of the first to read the Rum Diary. There are loads of HST tidbits and stuff I'd never have thought would be in this book. It would be hard to keep going without giving anything away. So you must buy it to know more.
I remember saying to William McKeen( author of Outlaw Journalist & Mile Marker Zero) a couple of years ago that I'd be happy if we were done with stuff written about HST for the reason that I felt the subject had been beaten to death. He disagreed and was right. I'm glad this came along. Its all new and a valuable addition to my collection and strangely enough it makes a great companion to McKeen's Outlaw Journalist.
It has been a while since I have learned new stuff about Hunter Thompson. I feel refreshed. It was a pleasure to read and it was an honor for me to be among the first to read it. Highly recommended.