Being and Nothingness.
An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology. Translated and with an introduction by Hazel E. Barnes.New York: Philosophical Library, 1956 Stock Code: 145069
First edition in English, early printing, Hunter S. Thompson's copy, with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper, and markings to the contents pages. Loosely inserted is a New York traffic violation ticket, dated 1958, that he was using as a bookmark. "An existentialist by temperament, Thompson was more interested in action than theory; at the age of twenty-six, he labeled Jean-Paul Sartre 'an eloquent windbag'. Here Hunter appears to be thinking of Being and Nothingness (1943) rather than Sartre's novels or plays. Thompson took Sartre's political observations seriously, especially concerning how liberal neocolonialism was destined to fail" (McEneaney, p. 4).
First published in France in 1943 as L'Être et le Néant: Essai d'ontologie phénoménologique, the American edition preceded the British by a year. It is widely regarded as both the most important non-fiction expression of Sartre's existentialism and his most influential philosophical work.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in black, author's signature stamped in black to front cover, top edge blue.
Foot of spine bruised, spine slightly faded, patch of fading to front board, contents clean. A very good copy.
Contat & Rybalka, pp. 81-4. Kevin T. McEneaney, Hunter S. Thompson: Fear, Loathing, and the Birth of Gonzo, 2016.
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