In Memoriam Tom Wolfe

Author Tom Wolfe dies aged 88

Reports suggest he was battling an infection and pneumonia in hospital when he died. He edited the influential collection The New Journalism, which included essays by Joan Didion, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and others.

Wolfe delved into the psychedelic world of the 1960s in the novel that dramatically influenced the philosophy and vocabulary of the era's hippie world.

His agent, Lynn Nesbit confirmed his death. 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 moved to New York join the New York Herald-Tribune in in 1962.

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 complained that novelists did not bring enough reality to their books, and while bemoaning the state of American literature, offered himself as an exemplar of what it should be.

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"My contention is that status is on everybody's mind all of the time, whether they're conscious of it or not, " Wolfe, who lived in a 12-room apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, told the AP in 2012. And one of his best-regarded books, "The Right Stuff", which was later made into a movie, showcased the heroism of the first American astronauts. "To pull it off", Wolfe wrote in 1970, "you casually have to stay with the people you are writing about for long stretches. long enough so that you are actually there when revealing scenes take place in their lives". From re, he begins his free fall and, in parallel to it, Wolfe portrays entire underworld of city. Since childhood, Tom Wolfe dreamed of becoming a writer.

Tom Wolfe, author of Bonfire of the Vanities, has passed away.

30 years later, a prototypical character of bonfire like Trump, has become president of United States and Bronx, that old jungle, is recommended in a guide of Times.

Wolfe lived in NY with his wife, Sheila.

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