Literary Techniques

Thompson is a master of using dialogue to pace his stories and to involve the reader with the action. The character of his narrator is...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Falconer, Delia. “From Alger to Edge-Work: Mapping the Shark Ethic in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” Antithesis 6, no. 2 (1993): 111-125.

Hellmann, John. “Corporate Fiction, Private Fable, and Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72.Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction 21, no. 1 (1979): 16-30.

Johnson, Michael. “Other New Journalists: The Youth and Radical Scene and the New Muckrakers.” In The New Journalism: The Underground Press, the Artists of Nonfiction, and Changes in the Established Media. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1971.

McKeen, William. Hunter S. Thompson. Boston: Twayne, 1991.

Perry, Paul. Fear and Loathing: The Strange and Terrible Saga of Hunter S. Thompson. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1992.

Sickles, Robert. “A Countercultural Gatsby—Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: The Death of the American Dream and the Rise of Las Vegas, USA.” Popular Culture Review 11, no. 1 (February, 2000): 61-73.

Weingarten, Marc. The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight: Wolfe, Thompson, Didion, and the New Journalism Revolution. New York: Crown, 2005.

Literary Precedents

Much controversy has been generated by the New Journalism of Tom Wolfe, Jimmy Breslin, and Hunter Thompson, in part because traditional...

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Related Titles

Three of Thompson's books are closer to the more traditional New Journalism than to the pure gonzo of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas....

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Media Adaptations

In 1980, a feature film, Where the Buffalo Roam, directed by Art Linson, was released. Based on "the legend of Hunter S. Thompson,"...

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