Journalist and Author Tom Wolfe Dies

17 May, 2018, 05:07 | Author: Veronica Peterson
  • Author Tom Wolfe in his Upper East Side apartment in New York City October 2004

A celebrated journalist and best-selling author, Wolfe had been hospitalized for an infection when he died on Monday (May 14), according to the New York Times, citing his long-time literary agent.

Trained as a journalist, Wolfe was equally adept at non-fiction and fiction in a career that spanned over half a century. He was a star pitcher in high school and in college at Washington and Lee and unsuccessfully tried out for the New York Giants. He moved to New York join the New York Herald-Tribune in in 1962.

His first try at fiction was The Bonfire of the Vanities in 1987, which captured the cultural feel of free-wheeling Wall Street "masters of the universe" as well as his non-fiction books did.

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In 1979, he published The Right Stuff, a portrait of American heroism, viewed through the exploits of military test pilots and astronauts known as the Mercury Seven, which was made into a successful movie in 1983. He "already was celebrated for his journalism and nonfiction when, "What does he do?"

Wolfe turned to writing novels in the mid-1980s, penning The Bonfire of the Vanities, a scathing takedown of greed and excess in NY. It was also adapted for the big screen by director Brian De Palma.

Wolfe critiqued art critics in The Painted Word in 1975, and the architectural decline in From Bauhaus to Our House in 1981. It took him 11 years to finish his second novel, A Man in Full, which was published in 1998. Throughout his work, Wolfe's marvelous facility with language created several new phrases, including "radical chic" and "the Me decade". He'd never leave the city, making a home there with his wife Sheila and their two children until his death.

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