Gonzo © wood engraving (ed. 40) image: 7 x 5 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)
Hunter S. Thompson started writing by typing F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway's Farewell to Arms on a typewriter because he wanted to learn their styles. He worked as a copy boy until he was fired then went on to work for, and be fired from, various newspapers. Eventually he was given an opportunity to write an article about the Hells Angels, which he did. He continued hanging out with the Hells Angels to write a book, until he refused to share the royalties with them and they gave him a serious beating. The success of Hell's Angels brought him recognition and his style of writing was tagged as "Gonzo", which he enjoyed. He tried and wrote about the hippy drug culture of San Francisco and continued that theme in his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He tried his hand at politics by running for sheriff in Pitkin County, Colorado and narrowly lost the election. His compound in Colorado was a fortified retreat he called "Owl Farm" in which he could exercise his right to bear and use arms, which he exercised fully. In 2005 he shot himself at his compound. His funeral on the compound, which he had planned, was in true Hunter S. Thompson form. His ashes were shot from a cannon as the tune, "Mr. Tambourine Man" was being played.

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