Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Rundle: the krude yet kreative legacy of Tom Wolfe

Rundle: the krude yet kreative legacy of Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe, who died on Monday at 88, could write on patent law and make you stay up late to read the piece a second time.

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

Wolfe was known primarily for his reach within the field of New Journalism, a reporting style that emerged in the 1960s and '70s characterized by novelistic writing and literary storytelling techniques.

Known for ingenious phrase-making and white suits, he chronicled United States culture across five decades through books such as The Bonfire Of The Vanities, The Right Stuff and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

Wolfe started as a reporter at the Springfield (Massachusetts) Union before moving onto the Washington Post.

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

In a career spanning more than half a century, Wolfe wrote fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, starting with The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965).

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'. In 1987, Wolfe published "The Bonfire of the Vanities", a novel that also later became a film. The book was later adapted into a film with Sam Shepard, Dennis Quaid and Ed Harris in 1983.

Wolfe was well known for being a stylish dresser, often photographed in his trademark white suit. He is survived by his wife Sheila and son Tommy.

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