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The Time Hunter S. Thompson Wrote William Faulkner a Letter

On January 20, 2016, I published this post on Book Riot.

The Time Hunter S. Thompson Wrote William Faulkner a Letter


Hunter S. Thompson, inventor of gonzo journalism, was an admirer of William Faulkner. In fact, when asked to define the term “gonzo journalism,” he did so by referring to the Mississippi author. Gonzo, according to Thompson, “is a style of ‘reporting’ based on William Faulkner’s idea that the best fiction is far more true than any kind of journalism.”

In 1959, seven years before the publication of his breakthrough book Hells Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Thompson sat down and wrote Faulkner a letter. The letter displays the beginnings of…

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.


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