Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Author Tom Wolfe Dies At 88

Author Tom Wolfe Dies At 88

According to the New York Times, his deal was confirmed by his agent, Lynn Nesbit, who said Mr. Wolfe had been hospitalized with an infection. But his satire, and his journalism, truly was something. While Wolfe was not the only writer to pioneer this new style, he coined the term when, in 1973, he published a collection of articles from the likes of Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson and Joan Didion in 1973 under the name 'The New Journalism'.

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. Once asked to describe his get-up, Wolfe replied brightly, "Neo-pretentious".

His talent as a writer and caricaturist was evident from the start in his verbal pyrotechnics and flawless mimicry of speech patterns, his meticulous reporting and his creative use of pop language and explosive punctuation.


"To be honest, I have only five more planned".

Wolfe's other books include The Pump House Gang, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, The Painted Word and Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine, which includes his well-known essay about the Me Decade.

Wolfe first came to national prominence after publishing The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which followed Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, in the 1960s. His novels "The Right Stuff" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities" both became major Hollywood films in 1983 and 1990 respectfully, Wolfe also wrote 1998's Almost Heroes with the late Chris Farley. Wolfe was so cash-strapped at the time that he kept the suit and wore it during the winter, causing no shortage of double takes in an era when people really didn't wear white after Labor Day. Wolfe penned the script, while Sam Shepard, Dennis Quaid, and Ed Harris starred in the film. He "already was celebrated for his journalism and nonfiction when, "What does he do?"

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