Hunter S Thompson retyped The Great Gatsby just to get the feeling of typing a great novel.

The Great Gatsby, originally written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a renowned 1925 novel that takes place during the “Roaring 20’s.” In the 1950’s, Hunter S. Thompson, then working at Time Magazine, used a typewriter to copy down The Great Gatsby, as well as Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, in order to learn about the writing styles of the authors and feel what writing a novel was like.

Thompson went on to essentially invent Gonzo journalism, and later to write famous books like The Rum Diary and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  Gonzo journalism is when the article has no claim for objectivity, and is often told in first person. It’s a popular writing style when reporting gritty, or personal stories that are supposed to convey greater emotion.

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