BREAKING: Renowned author Tom Wolfe dead at 87
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Tom Wolfe, famous for works like “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” “The Right Stuff” and “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” passed away in Manhattan on Monday at age 87.
His agent confirmed the news to the New York Times on Tuesday. He had been hospitalized with an infection.
The article goes on to state the following:
Wolfe, who began working as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune in 1962, was known for being one of the first journalists to apply literary techniques to their work, a style that was coined New Journalism. New Journalism is a style of reporting in which a writer immerses themselves in a story.
Born in Richmond, Virginia in 1931, Wolfe attended Washington and Lee for undergrad and Yale for his Ph.D. Before moving to New York in the 60s, Wolfe worked as a reporter at the Springfield Union in Massachusetts and as the Latin American correspondent for The Washington Post.
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Journalist and novelist Tom Wolfe has died at age 87.
In a career that spanned more than half a century, Wolfe wrote fiction and non-fiction bestsellers including “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” and “Bonfire of the Vanities.” https://t.co/x8Z1rO0OFA
— NPR (@NPR) May 15, 2018
So sad to hear of Tom Wolfe’s passing. What a talent! One of a kind. One of the kindest, most delightful people I’ve ever met, ever interviewed. RIP.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 15, 2018
RIP to Tom Wolfe, who gave a generation of young writers wildly unrealistic expectations about how glamorous and lucrative a career in magazine journalism would be.
— Adrian Chen (@AdrianChen) May 15, 2018
Tom Wolfe has died. His work changed my life and convinced me to write nonfiction. Fare thee well, Tom.
— Susan Orlean (@susanorlean) May 15, 2018
Me to Tom Wolfe (in the midst of a conversation on evolution): Let me get one awkwardness out of the way. Your book changed my life.
TW: Thank you.
TW’s Wife: That’s odd. You don’t seem like a Hippie.
Me: How do you know it’s THAT book?
TW’s Wife: My dear, it’s always that book.
— Eric Weinstein (@EricRWeinstein) May 15, 2018
Tom Wolfe has died. His book, “The Right Stuff,” is a must read for anyone interested in the space program. (The rest of his books aren’t bad, either.) pic.twitter.com/xsR4exTJil
— StarTalk (@StarTalkRadio) May 15, 2018
Breaking News: Tom Wolfe has died at 87. With books like “The Right Stuff,” the innovative journalist’s colorful prose captured the American experience. https://t.co/2udaN7pz6s
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 15, 2018
One lesson from Tom Wolfe’s genius: to write a great novel, to capture a time, you must first sit quietly and pay attention to the world. As it is. Stop talking, listen, and take notes.
— Rob Long (@rcbl) May 15, 2018
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