Journalist and Author Tom Wolfe Dies

Journalist and Author Tom Wolfe Dies

"Tom Wolfe is a legend whose unique and innovative writing style changed the face of journalism, satire, and storytelling", said New York Public Library president Anthony W. Marx. He edited the influential collection The New Journalism, which included essays by Joan Didion, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and others.

Tom Wolfe, an innovative journalist whose technicolour, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, vehicle customisers, astronauts and Manhattans moneyed status-seekers in works such as The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, The Right Stuff and Bonfire Of The Vanities, has died.

Tom Wolfe, author of "The Right Stuff" and "Bonfire of the Vanities", died Monday in a Manhattan hospital at age 88.

Wolfe had been living in New York since 1962, when he started reporting for the New York Herald Tribune. The book was later adapted into a film with Sam Shepard, Dennis Quaid and Ed Harris in 1983.

Tom Wolfe seen in his usual dapper white suit
Image Tom Wolfe seen in his usual dapper white suit

Wolfe covered a range of topics in his prose, from Ken Kesey and the Beat Generation in the 1968 nonfiction book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" to Cuban immigrants in Miami in 2012 novel "Back to Blood".

Wolfe, known for his signature white suit, was easily recognizable when taking walks in his neighborhood.

In 2016, he told London's Telegraph: "I think young people today probably look back on that period in the sixties in much the same way as I look back on the 1890s, but it was a very wild time". The novel featured Wolfe himself as a subjective participant and is celebrated as one of the seminal examples of what came to be known as New Journalism. "I never exchanged a cross word with him in our many years of working together".

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