"Margaret's life is, as always, more amazing than any book. If I didn't know Margaret, I wouldn't believe her incredible life story" - Frank Despriet, author of Communication Psychology
The author of 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, cloud photographer, and mentor to people trying to maximize their potential.
The new memoir Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert - now available on Amazon and B & N at 28% discount and on Kindle, Nook, and iPad - brings alive the cutting-edge moment of Hunter Thompson’s career, when it took off. Harrell, who was his copy editor on Hells Angel's, rescued his letters to her from the dustbin of history. Through them she recounts a missing chapter in his life that - incredibly - up till now is off the radar screen. Martin Flynn, the owner of http://hstbooks.org calls it "A Feast for the Gonzo Soul . . . It has been a while since I have learned new stuff about Hunter Thompson. I feel refreshed. It was a pleasure to read. " Another special features is priceless reminiscences of some of Hunter's oldest friends: William Kennedy, David Pierce, Rosalie Sorrels, and editor Jim Silberman - covered in no other account. Featured in addition are "poete maudit" Jan Mensaert and Greenwich Village "poet genius" Milton Klonsky.
These three men - all outsider writer - have been major influences in teaching me live Presence and the insistence on authenticity - taking "the ride" of life,no matter where and at what intensity it leads.
After holding onto Hunter's letters for decades, with his suicide, I decided to bring them out. William McKeen, author of the acclaimed biography Outlaw Journalist, recommends Keep This Quiet! and adds, " Hunter often said [Margaret] was the best editor he ever worked with and they were close friends." "It is a moving read and much recommended to any literary studies ormemoir collection," writes the Midwest Book Review.