Hunter S. Thompson

1937 - 2005

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Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author who founded the gonzo journalism movement. He rose to prominence with the publication of Hell's Angels (1967), a book for which he spent a year living and riding with the Hells Angels motorcycle gang to write a first-hand account of their lives and experiences. In 1970, he wrote an unconventional magazine feature titled "The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved" for Scanlan's Monthly, which raised his profile and established his counterculture credibility. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hunter S. Thompson has received more than 10,032,698 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Hunter S. Thompson is the 977th most popular writer (up from 1,094th in 2019), the 1,092nd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,201st in 2019) and the 110th most popular American Writer.

Hunter S. Thompson is most famous for his work as a journalist and author. He was the founder of the gonzo journalism style and is best known for his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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Among writers, Hunter S. Thompson ranks 977 out of 5,794Before him are Natalia Ginzburg, Marcus Minucius Felix, Jean M. Auel, Ivar Aasen, Adalbert Stifter, and Isabelle de Charrière. After him are Maria Leopoldina of Austria, Wole Soyinka, Ahmad Khani, Ninon de l'Enclos, Jean Moréas, and Clive Cussler.

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Among people born in 1937, Hunter S. Thompson ranks 54Before him are Andrei Konchalovsky, Abu Nidal, Roger Zelazny, Ferdinand Piëch, Sigmund Jähn, and Tsukasa Hosaka. After him are George Takei, George Carlin, Lionel Jospin, Rubin Carter, Yoshirō Mori, and Robin Warren. Among people deceased in 2005, Hunter S. Thompson ranks 44Before him are Brother Roger, Aslan Maskhadov, Ahmed Deedat, Edward Heath, Akira Yoshizawa, and Robert Wise. After him are Wim Duisenberg, Robert Sheckley, Rosemary Kennedy, Peter Benenson, Robert Moog, and Ephraim Kishon.

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Among people born in United States, Hunter S. Thompson ranks 1,092 out of 15,968Before him are Mike Pence (1959), Dennis Quaid (1954), Shelley Duvall (1949), Jeremy Renner (1971), James M. Buchanan (1919), and Edmund Phelps (1933). After him are Anthony Mann (1906), Kevin Bacon (1958), Big Show (1972), Al Jarreau (1940), Idina Menzel (1971), and Clive Cussler (1931).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Hunter S. Thompson ranks 110Before him are H. L. Mencken (1880), Irving Stone (1903), Irwin Shaw (1913), Roger Zelazny (1937), Clifford D. Simak (1904), and Jean M. Auel (1936). After him are Clive Cussler (1931), William Gibson (1948), Neale Donald Walsch (1943), Daniel Goleman (1946), Sherwood Anderson (1876), and Cormac McCarthy (1933).