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Hunter S. Thompson

Thompson in 1989
Thompson in 1989

Born

Hunter Stockton ThompsonJuly 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
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
  • The Curse of Lono
  • The Rum Diary

Spouse

  • Sandra Conklin ( m.  1963; div.  1980)
  • Anita Bejmuk ( m.  2003)

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 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.

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Politics is the art of controlling your environment. - Hunter S. Thompson

Politics is the art of controlling your environment.

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For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled. - Hunter S. Thompson

For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty, many souls must be trampled.

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The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason. - Hunter S. Thompson

The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.

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America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. - Hunter S. Thompson

America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.

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It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top. - Hunter S. Thompson

It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.

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No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master. - Hunter S. Thompson

No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.

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Of all the men that have run for president in the twentieth century, only George McGovern truly understood what a monument America could be to the human race. - Hunter S. Thompson

Of all the men that have run for president in the twentieth century, only George McGovern truly understood what a monument America could be to the human race.

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The person who doesn't scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs. - Hunter S. Thompson

The person who doesn't scatter the morning dew will not comb gray hairs.

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The trouble with Nixon is that he's a serious politics junkie. He's totally hooked and like any other junkie, he's a bummer to have around, especially as President. - Hunter S. Thompson

The trouble with Nixon is that he's a serious politics junkie. He's totally hooked and like any other junkie, he's a bummer to have around, especially as President.

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In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity. - Hunter S. Thompson

In a closed society where everybody's guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.

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When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

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I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours. - Hunter S. Thompson

I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.

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If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism. - Hunter S. Thompson

If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.

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truth