Wolfe was known primarily for his reach within the field of New Journalism, a reporting style that emerged in the 1960s and '70s characterized by novelistic writing and literary storytelling techniques. He edited the influential collection The New Journalism, which included essays by Joan Didion, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and others.
Wolfe, who coined the term "the me decade" for the 1970s and "radical chic", was also known for the distinctive tailored white suits he started wearing in 1962. "All the same, he was one of the most modest and kindest people I have ever met".
Between 1965 and 1981, Wolfe wrote nine nonfiction books.
The book earned Wolfe a nomination for the National Book Award before the first copy of the 1.2 million first-run printing was sold, CNN said.
Since 1956, Wolfe worked as a reporter in the newspaper the Republican in Springfield, Massachusetts. "They called my brilliant manuscript "journalistic" and 'reactionary, ' which means I must go through with a blue pencil and strike out all the laughs and anti-Red passages and slip in a little liberal merde, so to speak, just to sweeten it". "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".
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A contrarian with a satirical bent, Wolfe's prose pyrotechnics and oft-startling turns-of-phrase found their way into the pop-culture lexicon and cemented Wolfe as one of the finest writers of his generation.
"Saddened to hear of Tom Wolfe's passing". Both books were later turned into movies.
Wolfe moved to writing novels in the mid-1980s, penning "The Bonfire of the Vanities". He is survived by his wife Sheila, and their two children, Alexandra and Tommy.
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