The Bonfire of the Vanities author Tom Wolfe dies aged 87

The Bonfire of the Vanities author Tom Wolfe dies aged 87

May 14 in a hospital in NY at the age of 87 years died a famous American journalist and writer Tom Wolfe. The New York Times reported that he had been in the hospital after suffering from an infection. He also edited a volume of work by writers Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer and George Plimpton, titled The New Journalism.

Wolfe was well known for being a stylish dresser, often photographed in his trademark white suit.

His agent reportedly declined to comment in further detail about her client's death, however, she did refer reporters to an article in the Wall Street Journal, where she was quoted as saying: "He is not just an American icon, but he had a huge global literary reputation".

In 1968, the same year "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" was published, Wolfe wrote "The Pump House Gang", a collection of nonfiction stories about a gang of surfers who hung out at a sewage pump house in Windansea Beach in Southern California.

Wolfe traveled during the '60s with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters for his book on the psychedelic culture, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

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Born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 2, 1930, Wolfe was a star baseball player at his high school and also edited its newspaper. 'He didn't just help me to become a writer, he did it with pleasure'. They want to tell you things that you don't know.

Wolfe produced his first novel in 1987, "The Bonfire of the Vanities", in which he examined ambition, politics, greed, racism and social class in 1980s New York City.

Even more impressive, to many critics, was "The Right Stuff", his exhaustively reported narrative about the first US astronauts and the Mercury space program. From re, he begins his free fall and, in parallel to it, Wolfe portrays entire underworld of city.

After this he wrote a number of popular books, both documentary and artistic.

Wolfe lived in NY with his wife, Sheila.

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