Thompson , Hunter S.

Hunter S. Thompson, most famous for writing Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and his intense lifestyle, was an American journalist and author. He is often recognized as the creator of Gonzo journalism, where a writer becomes so entangled with their account that they become vital figures in the work. He began his journalism career as a sports reporter at Eglin Air Force Base until he was honorably discharged in 1958. He continued writing for various newspapers, and even worked as a copy boy for Time magazine. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

When he was trying to write a story about the Kentucky Derby, Hunter ended up with a first-person story about watching the race instead of the actual race itself. It was considered a breakthrough in journalism and thus began Gonzo journalism. He was constantly powered by alcohol and drugs, looking for the next story and always being a cultural observer. He eventually became the national affairs editor of Rolling Stone magazine until 1999.

Hunter wrote several books throughout his life, including The Rum Diary and one telling the story of his time with Hell's Angels. His biggest and best-selling book was based on his drug-packed adventure through Las Vegas named Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1971. It became a popular cult-hit and was adapted to film in 1998.

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