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The Greatest Works of Hunter S. Thompson

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Hunter S. Thompson was incredibly prolific in a number of ways. He invented a completely new type of journalism, worked with and befriended some of the worlds best and brightest, all while on enough drugs to take down a small militia. There are many articles and books by Hunter S. Thompson, many of which have been made into films, and this list attempts to rank the many celebrated works of the founder of Gonzo Journalism himself.

These the best articles, books, and even the Hollywood movie adaptations based on Thompson's great body of work. Influencing American literature and journalism like few others have, Hunter S. Thompson inspired a generation with hard work, drugs, a typewriter, and a fax machine. He was the pinnacle of the American dream. 

Upvote the Hunter S. Thompson Gonzo works you think are the greatest from this remarkable author. Whether you love Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (the book OR the movie), The Rum Diary (maybe just the book in that case), or one of his excellent collections of articles from his days at Rolling Stone, there's no denying Thompson's mark on American fiction and social commentary. And if you like these works of his, you'll definitely find Hunter S. Thompson's fax to Keith Richards interesting.

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    Kingdom of Fear

    The Gonzo memoir from one of the most influential voices in American literature, Kingdom of Fear traces the course of Hunter S. Thompson’s life all the way from a Kentucky kid dismissing any and all authority to a genre-defining journalist.

    This novel features a great many insights into the mind of Hunter S. Thompson throughout many harrowing events in his life:

    - His exploits as a foreign correspondent in Rio. 
    - His job as night manager of the notorious O’Farrell Theatre in San Francisco.
    - His epic run for sheriff of Aspen on the Freak Power ticket.
    - The sensational legal maneuvering that led to his full acquittal in the famous 99 Days Trial.


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  • The Rum Diary is an early novel by Hunter S. Thompson, written in the early 1960s but not published until 1998. The original manuscript was discovered amongst Thompson's papers by Johnny Depp.

    The story involves a journalist named Paul Kemp who, in the 1950s, moves from New York to San Juan, Puerto Rico to work for a major newspaper, The Daily News. It is officially Thompson's second novel, preceded only by the still-unpublished Prince Jellyfish.
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    The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved

    "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" is a sports article on the 1970 Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY, first appearing in an issue of Scanlan Monthly in June of 1970. Though not known at the time, the article marked the first ever appearance of Gonzo Journalism, the style that Thompson came to epitomize.
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  • Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist 1968–1976 is a collection of hundreds of letters Hunter S. Thompson wrote after his rise to fame with his 1966 hit Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.

    These letters deal primarily with Thompson and Jim Silberman (his editor at Random House), correspondence with Oscar Zeta Acosta (the lawyer who would be featured in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), and his tumultuous relationship with Jann Wenner (the founder of Rolling Stone).

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