Famous ‘New Journalist’ Author Tom Wolfe Dead At Age 88

Most folks knew him through his well-known works like The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff and classic others.

Today, people are mourning the passing of American writer and journalist Tom Wolfe. A report in Tuesday’s Huffington Post states that Wolfe died at a New York City hospital at age 88 due to an infection. His agent confirmed the news to the New York Times; Wolfe leaves behind his wife Sheila, daughter Alexandra and son Tommy.

Tom Wolfe was also well-known for attending public events in a signature white suit, his favorite.

He was called a pioneer for changing the face of reporting with his book The New Journalism in 1973. In it, he showed how journalists could offer the kinds of literary delight found in books with a blend of hard reporting.

The clever author with the satiric wit came up with some phrases people have frequently used like the “Me” generation and “radical chic.”

Wolfe had often said that man is concerned about how his peers look at him. Status and reputation were important to the author, and that is partly why he enjoyed dressing like a businessman in his white suits, silk ties and high-shirt collars.

Tom Wolfe was born in Virginia and had earlier pursued an athletic career in major league baseball. He won multiple literary citations, including the American Book Award for The Right Stuff.

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