Author Tom Wolfe dead at 87

Tom Wolfe, Pyrotechnic Nonfiction Writer and Novelist, Dies at 87

Tom Wolfe, Pyrotechnic Nonfiction Writer and Novelist, Dies at 87

Wolfe's agent Lynn Nesbit told United States media the writer died on Monday in a Manhattan hospital, where he was being treated for an infection.

Tom Wolfe, the innovative journalist and author who wrote such best-selling masterpieces as "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "The Right Stuff" has passed away.

In the process, he coined terms that became a part of the culture such as "the Me Decade", Wolfe term for the 1970s.

He once said his style of dress was an accident and accentuated his contrarian attitude.

A gifted amateur baseball player, Wolfe tried out in 1952 for the then-New York Giants, but he ended up getting cut and eventually landed at Yale University, where he pursued a graduate degree in American studies.

Before moving to NY in the 60s, Wolfe worked as a reporter at the Springfield Union in MA and as the Latin American correspondent for The Washington Post.

Born in Virginia in 1931, Wolfe first rose to fame after he moved to New York in 1962 to work for The New York Herald Tribune, according to the Guardian.

While the stories have no connecting theme, this is the first book that gave early examples of New Journalism.

By then he had already published a number of ground-breaking books of his own, including "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", in which Wolfe provided a psychedelic chronicle of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters as they experimented with LSD.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe. Both books were later turned into movies.

"Saddened to hear of Tom Wolfe's passing".

Wolfe's first novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, was a series of essays for Rolling Stone magazine and came out as a book in 1987.

Wolfe is survived by his wife and two children.

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