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Acclaimed author Tom Wolfe dead at 87

16 May 2018, 02:23 | Elsie Buchanan

ImageTom Wolfe in 1988. He was known for his verbal pyrotechnics in books like “The Right Stuff.”CreditÁngel Franco The New York Times

ImageTom Wolfe in 1988. He was known for his verbal pyrotechnics in books like “The Right Stuff.”CreditÁngel Franco  The New York Times

His agent confirmed the news to The New York Times.

Tom Wolfe has died at the age of 87.

Born in Virginia in 1931, Wolfe went straight into reportage out of university, beginning at the Springfield Union in MA. He graduated Washington and Lee University, after he'd turned down Princeton University.

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Wolfe started his career as a newspaper reporter with the New York Herald-Tribune in 1962.

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.

Wolfe moved to writing novels in the mid-1980s, penning "The Bonfire of the Vanities". The widely influential collection helped codify the genre. A larger than life character, Wolfe was renowned for his snappy dress style, forever sporting a three-piece white suit and spats (an iconic look he once memorably described as "Neo-pretentious"), along with a penchant for coining iconic phrases - "Radical Chic" and "the Me Decade" became part of the cultural lexicon. "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", an account of his reportorial travels in California with Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters as they spread the gospel of LSD, remains a classic chronicle of the counterculture, "still the best account - fictional or non, in print or on film - of the genesis of the sixties hipster subculture", press critic Jack Shafer wrote in the Columbia Journalism Review on the book's 40th anniversary.

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At the same time, Wolfe continued to turn out a stream of essays and magazine pieces for New York, Harper's and Esquire.

Wolfe's 1979 bestseller "The Right Stuff" focused on the United States astronauts involved in the space race with the Soviet Union.

Wolfe followed with more novels - "A Man in Full" about race, big money and high society in Atlanta; "I Am Charlotte Simmons", a tale of college high life, and "Back to Blood" about immigrants in Florida in 2012.

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Wolfe is survived by Sheila Wolfe, his wife of almost 40 years; a son, Tommy Wolfe, and a daughter, Alexandra Wolfe. He had two children.



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