Tom Wolfe, author and pioneer of new journalism, dead at 88

Tom Wolfe, author and pioneer of new journalism, dead at 88

Tom Wolfe, author and pioneer of new journalism, dead at 88

Author Tom Wolfe, who chronicled everything from hippies to the space race before turning his sharp eye to fiction, has died aged 88.

Known for ingenious phrase-making and white suits, he chronicled United States culture across five decades through books such as The Bonfire Of The Vanities, The Right Stuff and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

"I think every living moment of a human being's life, unless the person is starving or in immediate danger of death in some other way, is controlled by a concern for status", Wolfe said in a Wall Street Journal interview.

Wolfe's influence is profound on American culture and its lexicon - "the right stuff", "radical chic" and "the Me Decade" (read Wolfe on all three by clicking their respective links) being but three of Wolfe's phrases which demonstrate his exceptional linguistic acumen - it will be felt for time immemorial.

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The New York Post reports that Wolfe, who began working as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune in 1962, was known for being one of the first journalists to apply literary techniques to their work, a style that was coined New Journalism. In 1987, Wolfe published "The Bonfire of the Vanities", a novel that also later became a film.

"My co-writer was a different Tom Wolfe, of course", Nutter told TheWrap via email.

"To be honest, I have only five more planned. They called my brilliant manuscript "journalistic" and 'reactionary, ' which means I must go through with a blue pencil and strike out all the laughs and anti-Red passages and slip in a little liberal merde, so to speak, just to sweeten it". Wolfe is survived by his wife, Sheila, and two children, Alexandra and Tommy.

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