Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Author Tom Wolfe Dies at 88

Author Tom Wolfe Dies at 88

We received the sad news that author Tom Wolfe passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

In addition to his novels and nonfiction books, Wolfe pioneered the "New Journalism" style, which combined reporting with creative literary techniques.

"Tom Wolfe is a legend whose unique and innovative writing style changed the face of journalism, satire, and storytelling", said New York Public Library president Anthony W. Marx.

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He was instantly recognisable as he strolled down Madison Avenue - a tall, slender, blue-eyed, still-boyish-looking man in his spotless three-piece vanilla bespoke suit, pinstriped silk shirt with a starched white high collar, bright handkerchief peeking from his breast pocket, watch on a fob, faux spats and white shoes. "He is irritating, but he did develop a new journalistic idiom that has brought relief from standard Middle-High Journalese". In 1979, he published the book The Right Stuff about the Mercury Seven astronauts.

Wolfe's first book, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, published in 1965, was born out of a collection of articles about the 1960s he wrote for Esquire and NY magazines.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that Wolfe's "wry wit and sharp observations defined an era of life in New York". It was made into a film in 1983 that lost money at the box office - perhaps due to its more than three-hour run time - but was a critical and Oscar-winning hit that was included in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry five years ago. He didn't just help me to become a writer. 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 had two children.

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