Hunter S. Thompson

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  • Garan Holcombe (Independent Scholar - Europe)

In his introduction to The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 (1997), the first of a three volume collection of “The Fear and Loathing Letters”, William J. Kennedy, who won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for his novel Ironweed, offers this capsule description of Hunter S. Thompson: “bizarre wit, mockery without end, redundant excess, supreme self-confidence, the narrative of the wounded meritorious ego, and the idiopathic anger of the righteous outlaw.” Kennedy’s words serve as a perfect introduction to one of the most vital, original writers of the twentieth century, a man whose life continues to be celebrated: two of Thompson’s books have already been published …

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Holcombe, Garan. "Hunter S. Thompson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 September 2006
[, accessed 02 December 2015.]

Articles on Thompson's works

  1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

Related Groups

  1. New Journalism