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Best-Selling Writer Tom Wolfe Dies At Age 88

15 May 2018, 11:08 | Myron Mathis

Tom Wolfe, innovative journalist and author, dead at 87

Tom Wolfe novelist and pioneer of New Journalism dies at 87

Tom Wolfe, the innovative journalist and author who wrote such best-selling masterpieces as "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "The Right Stuff" has passed away.

Tom Wolfe has died at the age of 87.

Known as a natty dresser in his signature white three-piece suits and spectator shoes, Wolfe exhibited a bon vivant, man-about-town image, even though his roots traced to a Southern middle-class upbringing. He then attended Yale, where he earned a Ph.D.in American Studies.

Wolfe was born on March 2, 1930 in Richmond, Virginia, and never sought to rebel against his conservative, white bourgeois upbringing. The style relied on rich and detailed description that evoked a more literary style of prose than found in typical non-fiction works.

Wolfe is credited with introducing novelistic techniques in reportage - such as scenes and dialogues - which made him one of the champions of what is now known as New Journalism.


The book was the first example of what Wolfe described as "New Journalism".

"I probably have given that impression in the past, but I didn't", he said.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968) chronicled the rise of the hippy generation, while Radical Chic (1970) mocked the pretensions of Manhattan liberals and The Painted Word (1975) those of the art world.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila, and two children Tommy and Alexandra.



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