Maverick of USA literature Tom Wolfe is dead aged 88

Maverick of USA literature Tom Wolfe is dead aged 88

Wolfe, who was born in Virginia in 1931, died on Monday in Manhattan after being hospitalized with an infection.

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

Wolfe, whose other titles include the essay collection "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby" and the 1987 satirical novel "The Bonfire of the Vanities", gave rise to "New Journalism", a style of non-fiction that placed truth before fact and embraced a subjective perspective.

The Right Stuff, Wolfe's 1979 account of the early days of the US space program and the test pilots recruited for it, remains his best-selling work.

Wolfe at a book signing for his novel

"The Right Stuff" was adopted into a film in 1983. He first came to wide notice with the 1968 novel The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, an account of counterculture icon Ken Kesey and friends, aka the Merry Pranksters, traveling the country in their painted bus and the adventures they experienced.

In 2016, Wolfe published his last book, "The Kingdom of Speech", which sought to challenge society's understanding of Darwinism.

In addition to his writings, Wolfe was also known for his foppish style and signature white suit, though in older age he swapped out tall collars for polo shirts.

Author and journalist Tom Wolfe has died, aged 88. As William F. Buckley, Jr. famously said of him: "He is probably the most skillful writer in America- I mean by that he can do more things with words than anyone else".

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