Tom Wolfe, Bonfire of the Vanities author, dies aged 87

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

Wolfe, 88, had been hospitalized with an infection and died Monday, according to his agent Lynn Nesbit.

His notable works include "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", "The Right Stuff", "The Last American Hero", and "The Bonfire of the Vanities", the last three of which were adapted into movies. Around this time, he began working as a journalist, moving to New York in 1962 for a position at The New York Herald Tribune.

Wolfe was born on March 2, 1930 in Richmond, Virginia, and never sought to rebel against his conservative, white bourgeois upbringing.

William F. Buckley Jr., writing in National Review, once said of Wolfe: "He is probably the most skillful writer in America - I mean by that he can do more things with words than anyone else". What was the cause of death? He graduated Washington and Lee University, after he'd turned down Princeton University.

It followed the greed, racism and social classes of New York City in the 1980s. Wolfe edited a volume of work by himself and other prominent writers of the era, including Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, George Plimpton, titled "The New Journalism".

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Wolfe was known for stimulating the New Journalism movement with his publication of a 1973 essay collection of the same name, The Guardian reported. He first came to wide notice with the 1968 novel The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, an account of counterculture icon Ken Kesey and friends, aka the Merry Pranksters, traveling the country in their painted bus and the adventures they experienced.

He once told NPR about his method: "I looked at the whole city first". And at the low end, there would be what you find caught up in the criminal mechanism in the Bronx.

Wolfe's first fiction novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, was published in 1987.

During the course of his career, Wolf wrote for the likes of Harper's Magazine and Esquire.

The writer, known for his dapper style and signature white suits, became a star in his own right in the '70s and '80s, which was rare for a journalist.

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