Hunter S. Thompson

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Date of Birth July 18, 1937
Place of Birth Louisville, Kentucky
Date of Death Feb 20, 2005 (67)
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Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist and author, and the founder of the gonzo journalism movement. He first rose to prominence with the publication of Hell's Angels, a book for which he spent a year living and riding with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in order to write a first-hand account of the lives and experiences of its members. In 1970, he wrote an unconventional magazine feature titled "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" for Scanlan's Monthly which both raised his profile and established him as a writer with counterculture credibility. It also set him on a path to establishing his own sub-genre of New Journalism which he called "Gonzo," which was essentially an ongoing experiment in which the writer becomes a central figure and even a participant in the events of the narrative.

Born: Hunter Stockton Thompson, July 18, 1937, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Died: February 20, 2005, Woody Creek, Colorado, U.S.
Genre: Gonzo journalism
Literary movement: New Journalism
Notable works: Hell's Angels (1967), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971), Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (1973), The Curse of Lono (1983), The Rum Diary (1998)
Children: Juan Thompson
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About Hunter S. Thompson

Founder of the Gonzo journalist movement whose legacy includes Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. He became a counter culture icon for his drug use, patriotism, and resounding literary voice.

Before Fame

He got into a lot of trouble in high school and was sent to jail after abetting a robbery. He grew up reading Jack Kerouac and the Beats.

Achievement

Fellow writer and former friend Oscar Zeta Acosta inspired the character Dr. Gonzo from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Family Life

He was the eldest child of Virginia Ray Davison and Jack Robert Thompson, who died when Hunter was young. He was married to Anita Thompson from 2003 until his death in 2005. He had a son named Juan Fitzgerald Thompson.

Associations

He was a fierce vocal opponent of Richard Nixon, and used to wear a Halloween mask of his likeness.

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