Obituary - Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011
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The life of controversial and prolific author and journalist Christopher Hitchens came to an end this morning as he died from pneumonia as a complication from the oesophageal cancer he had been diagnosed with in June 2010. Born in Portsmouth, Hampshire in 1949 Hitchens went to Oxford where he became inclined towards a Trotskyist Internationalist group. After graduating in 1970 he found work at the New Statesman in 1973; however he grew tired and bored of England and moved to America in 1982 where he wrote for Liberal magazine The Nation. He also wrote for Harpers and from 1992 was a contributing editor for Vanity Fair. After the 9/11 attacks Hitchens quit The Nation and in many people’s eyes moved from the left of the political spectrum to the right as he supported the Iraq War (though for different reasons to the Bush administration) and even wrote a Slate column called ‘Why I’m slightly for Bush’ in 2004.
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