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Wolfe, Tom

(Thomas Kennerly Wolfe, Jr.), 1931–2018, American journalist and novelist, b. Richmond, Va., B.A. Washington and Lee Univ., 1951, Ph.D. Yale, 1957. He began his writing career as a newspaper reporter. Wolfe first gained fame for his studies of contemporary American culture in a colorful style that blended regular reporting with novelistic techniques, which came to be known as New JournalismNew Journalism,
intensely subjective approach to journalistic writing prevalent in the United States during the 1960s and 70s, incorporating stylistic techniques associated with fiction in order to produce a vivid and immediate nonfiction style.
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. His journalistic works include The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965), The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), Radical Chic and Mau-mauing the Flak Catchers (1970), The Right Stuff (1975, film 1983), From Bauhaus to Our House (1981), the anthology Hooking Up (2000), and The Painted Word (2008). Some the terms Wolfe used or invented has become standard American vocabulary, e.g., "radical chic," "the right stuff," and "pushing the envelope." His The Kingdom of Speech (2016) is a controversial critique of Darwinian evolution and Chomsky's linguistics. He also wrote the novels Bonfire of the Vanities (1987), a satiric look at a New York City torn by race and class; A Man in Full (1998), the saga of an Atlanta millionaire and a comic portrait of the New South; I Am Charlotte Simmons (2004), a glimpse at randy contemporary collegians; and Back to Blood (2012), a tale of ethnic, racial, cultural, and financial conflicts in Miami.

Bibliography

See D. Scura, Conversations with Tom Wolfe (1990); studies by H. Bloom, ed. (2000) and B. A. Ragen (2002).

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Wolfe, (Thomas Kennerley) Tom

(1931–  ) writer, artist; born in Richmond, Va. He received his doctorate in American Studies from Yale University in 1957 and began a career as a reporter for the Springfield Union (1956–59); the Washington Post (1959–62); and the New York Herald Tribune (1962–66). The originator of such phrases as "radical chic," and "the me decade," his "new journalism" essays were collected under such titles as The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965). His other nonfiction titles include the Electric Acid Koolaid Test (1968), The Right Stuff (1979), and From Bauhaus to Our House (1981). An artist, he had two one-man shows in New York City (1965, 1974) and published a collection of his drawings called In Our Time (1980). The Bonfire of the Vanities, his first novel, was published in 1987. Cultivating his "dandy" image with such affectations as his trademark white suit and arch mannner, he seemed genuinely committed to his conservative stance against a generally liberal New York intellectual world.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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