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Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert [NOOK Book]

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"Hunter often said Harrell was the best copy editor he’d ever worked with" (William McKeen, "Outlaw Journalist"). But what was the rest of the story?

"Keep This Quiet" captures the fear and loathing, charm and romance of Hunter in the late Sixties - along with tales of two other underground authors. Included are genuine, funny letters he sent Margaret during and after the publication of "Hell's Angels." Also, priceless reminiscences of some of Hunter's oldest friends: William...
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Overview

"Hunter often said Harrell was the best copy editor he’d ever worked with" (William McKeen, "Outlaw Journalist"). But what was the rest of the story?

"Keep This Quiet" captures the fear and loathing, charm and romance of Hunter in the late Sixties - along with tales of two other underground authors. Included are genuine, funny letters he sent Margaret during and after the publication of "Hell's Angels." Also, priceless reminiscences of some of Hunter's oldest friends: William Kennedy, David Pierce, Rosalie Sorrels, and editor Jim Silberman - covered in no other account. Even Oscar Acosta joins in. Featured in addition are "poète maudit" Jan Mensaert and Greenwich Village "poet genius" Milton Klonsky. There are 27 illustrations, including a few lavish drawings/signatures to some of Hunters letters.
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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Hunter S. Thompson is perhaps one of the most enigmatic figures of the twentieth century....With a solid dose of humor and another perspective on these writers from a personal friend, "Keep This Quiet!" is a moving read and much recommended to any literary studies or memoir collection.
offical blurb, author of Gap Creek - Robert Morgan
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")
Facebook "Outlaw Journalism" page - William McKeen
Keep your eyes peeled for this new book by Margaret Harrell, the editor who guided Hunter through "Hell's Angels." Hunter often said she was the best editor he ever worked with and they were close friends. I read the manuscript and I think Hunter's fans will appreciate this view of the man’s life and work.
official blurb, editor of The Proud Highway and Fear and Loathing in America - Douglas Brinkley
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")
November Memoir Shelf - Midwest Book Review
Hunter S. Thompson is perhaps one of the most enigmatic figures of the twentieth century....With a solid dose of humor and another perspective on these writers from a personal friend, "Keep This Quiet!" is a moving read and much recommended to any literary studies or memoir collection.
Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus Indie Reviews
The reader comes to feel an affinity with the trio of writers in their attempts to achieve their iconoclastic visions of success, glimpsing them as individuals beyond their work, seeing how they think. Their genius, for Harrell, consisted of their being wholly themselves. Memoir will likely please Hunter S. Thompson fans and appeal to readers with an interest in the beginnings of the post-modern era or the personal sacrifices involved in bringing serious written work to fruition.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013498037
  • Publisher: Saeculum University Press
  • Publication date: 11/14/2011
  • Series: Keep This Quiet! , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 1,266,525
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Margaret Harrell is also the author of Keep THIS Quiet Too! and eight books in the "Love in Transition: Voyage of Ulysses - Letters to Penelope" nonfiction series, including "Toward
a Philosophy of Perception,' Harrell copy edited Hunter Thompson's first book, "Hell's Angels,' at Random House. HST acknowledged her in "Gonzo Letters' 2. She is also an editor and a cloud photographer, and works with students of the "lightbody," who are trying to maximize their potential.
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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    A Feast For The Gonzo Soul

    There are folks who enjoy reading Hunter Thompson's work and are happy to leave it there. Then there are those who want more. More being a need to know as much about Hunter's process as possible, the nitty-gritty, who helped him? Who influenced him? Call them freaks if that's your pleasure, Gonzo freaks. I'm one. We are out there. Unashamedly. And we love to see new HST-related stuff.

    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. Due for release 15th October.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 and 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.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Fascinating and riveting...sequel on the way -- What a story!!!!!!

    Inside story: Behind the scenes during journalist Hunter Thompson's first book publishing experience by his copyeditor (and flame!). Mesmerizing memoir personalizing Thompson, NY poet Milton Klonsky, then traveling to Morocco to meet Belgian poet Jan Mensaert -- with more to come from a grand memoirist in her own right, Margaret Harrell.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    If you're a Hunter Thompson fan, you'll love this book!!!

    I've read most of the post-Gonzo bios of the good Doctor, but this one is unabashed in it's revealing some of the behind-the-scenes craziness & creativity that took place while he worked to create some of the best(if not the best) journalistic history of the American scene in the later part of the 20th century. I highly recommend this book to any & all fans of the late (and great)Hunter Thompson.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    waiting for my chance...

    I bought this book and now I am waiting for my boyfriend to give it back. He saw it and has not put it down once. He says he really likes it. He says it flows and makes him want to keep reading. I can't wait!
    Looking forward to it.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    A woman intellectual on the edge of the 60s

    What a special gift to have the thoughts and feelings of this idealistic, intellectual young woman, on the cutting edge of the 60s, a time of great cultural change. Harrell's sense of freedom and exuberance cannot be missed. She articulates the hopeful sense of possibility, excitement, and creativity special to people who were young during that time, and has not lost it. 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 Memoir: A Mitchell Brothers Stripper Remembers her Lover Artie Mitchell, Hunter S. Thompson, and the Killing that Rocked San Francisco.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    A riveting, soul-baring honest look...

    Keep this Quiet is a riveting, soul-baring honest look into Margaret Harrell and the inner workings of one of the world's greatest writers. It must have taken great courage for Margaret to open herself up to those words and feelings once again. The stories related in the book are honest and pure hearted gold. It makes a fine addition to the Gonzo library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Bravely told and hauntingly wise, Margaret Harrell¿s KEEP THIS Q

    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. Harrell entices with promised details of her relationships with Milton Klonsky, Hunter Thompson, and Jan Mensaert, then draws readers closer with wit and wonderful honesty about how these men influence her life. The tales and their telling reveal—through glimpses—the shape and size of Ms. Harrell's heart. Every peek and flash, flourish and strut, accumulates into a grand, detailed picture of who Margaret Harrell was then and who she is now.

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    Posted September 11, 2011

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