Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Best-Selling Writer Tom Wolfe Dies At Age 88

Best-Selling Writer Tom Wolfe Dies At Age 88

Tom Wolfe, an early practitioner of "new journalism" who captured the mood and culture of America across five decades with books including "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", "The Right Stuff" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities", has died at the age of 87, his agent said.

Wolfe became a major figure in the NY social scene, identified with his distinct personal style - typified by a white, 3-piece suit.

He believed that the only way to tell a great story was to go out and report it. Wolfe was known for creating a "New Journalism" and writing bestsellers that defined eras of American life.

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In 1979, he published The Right Stuff, a portrait of American heroism, viewed through the exploits of military test pilots and astronauts known as the Mercury Seven, which was made into a successful movie in 1983.

A scathing takedown of greed and excess in NY, it was recognized as an essential American novel of the 1980s and was made into a film starring Tom Hanks.

Wolfe then enrolled in Washington and Lee University.

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Born in Richmond, Virginia, Wolfe attended St. Christopher's college prep school.

More recently, Wolfe published "I Am Charlotte Simmons" (2004) and "Back to Blood" (2013). The style relied on rich and detailed description that evoked a more literary style of prose than found in typical non-fiction works. They had two children.

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