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Author Tom Wolfe dead at 88

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Award winning Tom Wolfe, who is noted for works like "The Bonfire of the Vanities", "The Right Stuff" and "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" has passed away in the US. He was 88.

Wolfe who pioneered "new journalism" passed away in Manhattan on Monday, his agent confirmed the news to Times on Tuesday. He had been hospitalised with an infection.

Wolfe, who began working as a for the Herald Tribune in 1962, was a pioneer of "new journalism", which melded traditional reporting methods and literary fiction techniques.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1930, Wolfe attended and for undergraduate and for his Ph.D. before moving to in the 1960s, the reported.

Wolfe worked as a at the in and as the Latin American for Post.

His first book "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby" was a collection of essays originally published in magazine.

While the stories have no connecting theme, this is the first book that gave early examples of

Wolfe's other books include "The Pump House Gang", "Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers", "The Painted Word" and "Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine" which includes his well-known essay about the "Me Decade."

His best-selling book "The Right Stuff" which is about rocket airplane experiments after World War II and the Project Mercury astronauts, won for nonfiction, the and Letters Harold Vursell Award for prose style, and

Wolfe's first novel "The Bonfire of the Vanities," was first serialised in Rolling Stone magazine and came out as a book three years later. It followed the greed, racism and social classes of in the 1980s.

Wolfe is survived by his wife, Sheila, and two children, and



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 08:44 IST