The Unusual And Unapologetic Life Of Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson was an American author and journalist, best known as the founder of the “gonzo journalism” movement. A struggling writer, he saw initial success after the release of his 1967 book about the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, and slowly became well-known for his unique writing style and hard living. Along with his best-known novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, several of his works have been adapted into films that demonstrate Thompson’s unusual lifestyle and view of the world. Unfortunately, Thompson took his own life in 2005 at the age of 67 but he left behind an undeniable legacy. See who this gonzo journalist truly was and the impact he made on the literary world.

He Was Named After A Famous Surgeon

Thompson typing
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Michael Ochs Archives/GettyImages

Supposedly, Hunter S. Thompson was named after one of his mother’s ancestors, a Scottish surgeon named Nigel John Hunter. However, he was no average surgeon. In a 2004 interview with The Independent, Thompson brought a copy of The Reluctant Surgeon: a Biography of Nigel John Hunter.

One passage Thomsposn shared read: “A gruff Scottsman, Hunter has been described as the most important naturalist between Aristotle and Darwin, the Shakespeare of medicine and the greatest man the British ever produced.” Clearly, Thompson’s ancestor was a respected man.