Tom Wolfe, pyrotechnic nonfiction writer and novelist, dies at 87

Tom Wolfe, pyrotechnic nonfiction writer and novelist, dies at 87

Reports suggest he was battling an infection and pneumonia in hospital when he died.

Wolfe was hailed a literary icon, and his writing style and approach to reporting even saw him coin the term "new journalism". He edited the influential collection The New Journalism, which included essays by Joan Didion, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, and others. His death was confirmed by his agent, Lynn Nesbit. "All the same, he was one of the most modest and kindest people I have ever met". Tom Wolfe's fictional debut narrated story of McCoy, a young and winning bond salesman who one night loses with his mistress in South Bronx, run over a Negro and flee.

Colter joined amNewYork as associate editor in 2017, and has worked as a news editor and designer in New York City since 2011. His 1968 book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, detailing the free-wheeling lifestyle of writer Ken Kesey and his followers known as the Merry Pranksters, is widely considered the finest example of the style.

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Wolfe, the grandson of a Confederate rifleman, began his journalism career as a reporter at the Springfield (Mass.) Union in 1957. The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby marked his first published book in 1965, followed by works like I Am Charlotte Simmons, A Man In Full, Back to Blood, and The Kingdom of Speech. He laughed about his trademark "feistiness" in the book to CBS News and said, "Well, I just try to bring truth". They want to tell you things that you don't know.

Wolfe's best-known work is perhaps bonfire of vanities, which is still considered great novel of NY. "The Painted Word" targeted the world of art. Both books were later turned into movies. He is survived by his wife Sheila, the cover designer for Harper's Magazine, his daughter Alexandra, and son Tommy.

30 years later, a prototypical character of bonfire like Trump, has become president of United States and Bronx, that old jungle, is recommended in a guide of Times.

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