Journalist and Author Tom Wolfe Dies

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Wolfe was born March 2, 1930 and grew up in Richmond, Virginia, the son of an agronomist father and an arts-oriented mother.

An early practitioner of "new journalism", some of his better known books are "The Right Stuff", which was made into a movie, "The Bonfire of the Vanities", which was also made into a movie with Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis, and "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test".

In 1973, Wolfe co-edited The New Journalism, an anthology that collected several of his pieces along with work from peers such as Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, and others.

"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 goes out and writes a best-selling novel". Throughout his work, Wolfe's marvelous facility with language created several new phrases, including "radical chic" and "the Me decade".

Brian De Palma's 1990 adaptation of "The Bonfire of the Vanities", meanwhile, was a notorious flop - though its 16 percent RottenTomatoes score still tops that of "Almost Heroes".

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In 2016, Wolfe published his last book, "The Kingdom of Speech", which sought to challenge society's understanding of Darwinism.

Wolfe was also famous for his dapper "Southern gentleman" look, often appearing in public in a pristine white suit, white homburg hat, and two-tone shoes. He is remembered for his sense of humor and his penchant for needling sacred cows.

Wolfe lived in NY with his wife, Sheila.

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