Dr. Thompson made the list of inspirational scribes when I polled in a recent writing workshop, and why not? Back in a spiffy Modern Library edition, replete with additional essays, I find in this iconographic work that HST both invoked--and provoked--an era that was not so much the '60s proper, but rather the mean, shadow-filled death of that time, which is still playing out. Thank God Thompson was there to explode the myth of "objective" journalism and help pave the way for the pens and voices that followed.
About the Author
Hunter S. Thompson (July 18, 1937 — February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author. He was known for his flamboyant writing style, most notably deployed in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
, which blurred the distinctions between writer and subject, fiction and nonfiction.
The best source on Thompson's writing style and personality is Thompson himself. His books include Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga
(1966), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream
(1972), Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
(1973); The Great Shark Hunt: Strange Tales from a Strange Time
(1979); The Curse of Lono
(1983); Generation of Swine, Gonzo Papers Vol. 2: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the 80's
(1988); and Songs of the Doomed