Tom Wolfe, author of The Right Stuff dies at 88

Tom Wolfe, author of The Right Stuff dies at 88

Tom Wolfe, who wrote bestselling novels like The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and created the literary movement known as New Journalism, died this morning at the age of 87.

Tom Wolfe, the innovative writer who chronicled the early days of the USA space program, American surf culture and the rise of 1960s counterculture before becoming a novelist with his classic Bonfire Of The Vanities, died Monday night.

Newsy confirmed through his agent Lynn Nesbit that he was 88. It was also manhandled in the critical press, with London-based Literary Review awarding Wolfe with its 2004 Bad Sex in Fiction Award, which recognizes bad sex scenes in literature.

His books included The Right Stuff and Bonfires of the Vanities.

Tom Wolfe was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1930.

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Wolfe started his career as a newspaper reporter with the New York Herald-Tribune in 1962.

A gifted amateur baseball player, Wolfe tried out in 1952 for the then-New York Giants, but he ended up getting cut and eventually landed at Yale University, where he pursued a graduate degree in American studies.

The list went on with "Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers", in 1970, a highly controversial book about racial friction in the United States. "I never exchanged a cross word with him in our many years of working together".

Wolfe is survived by Sheila Wolfe, his wife of almost 40 years; a son, Tommy Wolfe, and a daughter, Alexandra Wolfe.

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