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Hunter S. Thompson

American journalist and author

1937   -   2005

genre: gonzo journalism
country of citizenship: United States of America
educated at: Columbia University, Florida State University
occupation: journalist, novelist, reporter, essayist, writer, autobiographer, screenwriter, politician, photographer

Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) 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 (1967), 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 entitled 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. Thompson remains best known for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971), a book first serialized in Rolling Stone in which he grapples with the implications of what he considered the failure of the 1960s counterculture movement. It was adapted on film twice: loosely in Where the Buffalo Roam starring Bill Murray as Thompson in 1980, and directly in 1998 by director Terry Gilliam in a film starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro. The Doonesbury cartoon character Duke – who was modeled after Thompson – pens an essay about "my shoplifting conviction" entitled "Fear and Loathing at Macy's Menswear", a reference to Thompson's book. Politically minded, Thompson ran unsuccessfully for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado in 1970 on the Freak Power ticket. He became well-known for his dislike of Richard Nixon, whom he claimed represented "that dark, venal, and incurably violent side of the American character". He covered Nixon's 1972 reelection campaign for Rolling Stone and later collected the stories in book form as Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. Thompson's output notably declined from the mid-1970s, as he struggled with the consequences of fame, and he complained that he could no longer merely report on events as he was too easily recognized. He was also known for his lifelong use of alcohol and illegal narcotics, his love of firearms, and his iconoclastic contempt for authoritarianism. He often remarked: "I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." Thompson died by suicide at the age of 67, following a series of health problems. In accordance with his wishes, his ashes were fired out of a cannon in a ceremony funded by his friend Johnny Depp and attended by friends including then-Senator John Kerry and Jack Nicholson. Hari Kunzru wrote that "the true voice of Thompson is revealed to be that of American moralist ... one who often makes himself ugly to expose the ugliness he sees around him."
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works

15

Fear and Loathing in America

book by Hunter S. Thompson

author: Hunter S. Thompson

2000

The Great Shark Hunt

1979 Book by Hunter S. Thompson

author: Hunter S. Thompson

1979

The Rum Diary

novel by Hunter S. Thompson

author: Hunter S. Thompson

1998

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

collection of articles covering the 1972 presidential campaign

author: Hunter S. Thompson

1973

Kingdom of Fear

novel by Hunter S. Thompson

author: Hunter S. Thompson

2003

Better Than Sex

1994 Book by Hunter S. Thompson

author: Hunter S. Thompson

1994

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

novel by Hunter S. Thompson

author: Hunter S. Thompson

1971

Fire in the Nuts

short story by Hunter S. Thompson

author: Hunter S. Thompson

2004

Generation of Swine

1988 Book by Hunter S. Thompson

author: Hunter S. Thompson

1988

articles

1

The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved ( 1970 )

Artículo escrito por Hunter S. Thompson

author: Hunter S. Thompson

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