Tom Wolfe's 4 Most Memorable Works

Author and Richmond native Tom Wolfe dies at 87 - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Known for ingenious phrase-making and white suits, he chronicled U.S. culture across five decades through books such as The Bonfire Of The Vanities, The Right Stuff and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Nesbit said Wolfe died after he was hospitalized with an infection.

Wolfe worked at The Washington Post and the New York Herald Tribune, where he developed "New Journalism", a style marked by interior monologues and eccentric language.

A dapper dresser and NY icon, Wolfe was known for his trademark white suits, homburg hats and white kid gloves.

Wolfe's agent confirmed his death to The Wall Street Journal Tuesday. "All the same, he was one of the most modest and kindest people I have ever met". Nine years later and in a more restrained style than some of his earlier works, he wrote "The Right Stuff" about the first seven USA astronauts and test pilot Chuck Yeager who came before them. He died May 14, 2018, at a New York City hospital at age 88.




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. He was a newspaper reporter before he became a magazine writer... and a group of his magazine articles were parts of his first book in 1965 - "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby". "He goes out and writes a best-selling novel". Along with Gay Talese, Truman Capote and Nora Ephron, he helped demonstrate that journalism could offer the kinds of literary pleasure found in books. "I carried a copy of Electric Acid Kool-aid Test with me throughout high school, dazzled by the idea that you could really write like that about real things". He rose to fame for his essays and bold arguments coupled with exhaustive reporting, peaking with the book "The Right Stuff" in 1979, which focused on the first American astronauts and the Mercury space program. Since childhood, Tom Wolfe dreamed of becoming a writer.

Over the next decade, he would publish "Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catcher", "The Painted Word" and "The New Journalism". Both books were later turned into movies.

Wolfe is survived by his wife Sheila, and two children, Alexandra and Tommy.

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