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Thomas Kennerly "Tom" Wolfe, Jr. (March 2, 1930 – May 14, 2018) was an American author and journalist. He was born in Richmond, Virginia.

Wolfe best known for his work with and influence over the New Journalism literary movement. He began his career as a regional newspaper reporter in the 1950s, but achieved national fame in the 1960s following the publication of such best-selling books as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and two collections of articles and essays, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers and The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby.

His first novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, published in 1987, was met with critical acclaim, became a commercial success, and was adapted as a major movie (directed by Brian De Palma).

Wolfe died in New York City on May 14, 2018 of an infection at the age of 88.




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