Author Tom Wolfe dead at 87

Tom Wolfe mourned by colleagues admirers following death

Tom Wolfe mourned by colleagues admirers following death

His death on Monday was confirmed by his agent, Ms Lynn Nesbit, who said Wolfe had been hospitalised in a Manhattan hospital with an infection.

We received the sad news that author Tom Wolfe passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

Wolfe also worked for The Washington Post and Esquire before going on to write several popular books, including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test-which documented the rise of hippies in the '60s-the Bonfire of Vanities and The Right Stuff.

And when he ventured into fiction, starting with "The Bonfire of the Vanities", he still reported - painting page upon page of untold truths of '80s NY, from Wall Street to Park Avenue to The Bronx.

He coined expressions such as "radical chic", for rich liberals fascinated with revolutionaries, and the "me generation", which nailed the self-absorption of 1970s baby boomers.

Around this time, he began working as a journalist, moving to New York in 1962 for a position at The New York Herald Tribune.

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"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. In 1979, he published the book The Right Stuff about the Mercury Seven astronauts.

Wolfe was also a style icon, known for wearing a crisp white suit everywhere he went.

His first try at fiction was The Bonfire of the Vanities in 1987, which captured the cultural feel of free-wheeling Wall Street "masters of the universe" as well as his non-fiction books did. John Irving angrily denounced Wolfe by saying, "I can't read him because he's such a bad writer".

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

Wolfe lived in NY with his wife, Sheila.

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