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Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson

2014

Born in Louisville in 1937, he died at Woody Creek, Colo., in 2005. He began his career as a sports writer in the Air Force. He is best known as the father of what he dubbed "gonzo journalism," a subjective style with first-person narrative, including personal experiences that often become central to the story. His first gonzo story was "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved," in the June 1970 Scanlan's Monthly. He wrote for national and international publications, most notably Rolling Stone, which gave him the largely honorary title of national affairs editor. The magazine published his "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream," which became a book, as did his 1972 presidential campaign reporting for the magazine, "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail." Other books include "The Rum Diary," "The Proud Highway" and "Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs."