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Hunter S. Thompson pair of documents: a short story featuring his fictional protagonist Claude Fink, and also an autograph letter signed regarding his impending fatherhood. Written sometime in early 1961 to his friend Paul Semonin, letter reads in full, ''Here is the first of the Claude Fink series - more to come. Bad (very) problems here - trip might be delayed. It appears I am once again headed for fatherhood. I am getting tired of it. A bad joke IS funny once - out of politeness - but not twice or three. The fast-break is on here - will advise. H''.

Letter is accompanied by the Claude Fink story, entitled ''It's Cheaper to Buy Sandals / by Hunter S. Thompson''. Claude Fink, of course, is Thompson's fictional character who famously tells author Henry Miller in ''Big Sur: The Tropic Of Henry Miller'', that he's ''come to join the cult of sex and anarchy.'' In this short story, ''Claude Find was a writer - and a piss-poor one, I might add. Although he pretended indifference, he was extremely worried that nobody was reading his books...Then Claude went to Europe, where he became a journalist. Soon he began to worry that no one was reading the stories he sent back day after day to a small paper in Otisville, New York...Years later, when he died of Hutchinson's disease, nobody gave a damn. He didn't even get an obituary in the Otisville paper. Yet Claude Fink lives on. Yeah.''

Letter on notepad measures 4'' x 6'', still with paperclip attaching it to the short story on pink-peach paper measuring 8.5'' x 11''. Very good condition.
Hunter Thompson Typed Story Featuring His ''Claude Fink'' Protagonist -- Also With an Autograph Letter Signed, ''...It appears I am once again headed for fatherhood...a bad joke IS funny once...''Hunter Thompson Typed Story Featuring His ''Claude Fink'' Protagonist -- Also With an Autograph Letter Signed, ''...It appears I am once again headed for fatherhood...a bad joke IS funny once...''Hunter Thompson Typed Story Featuring His ''Claude Fink'' Protagonist -- Also With an Autograph Letter Signed, ''...It appears I am once again headed for fatherhood...a bad joke IS funny once...''
Hunter Thompson Typed Story Featuring His ''Claude Fink'' Protagonist -- Also With an Autograph Letter Signed, ''...It appears I am once again headed for fatherhood...a bad joke IS funny once...''
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