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Author Tom Wolfe dead at 88

Author Tom Wolfe dead at 88

Wolfe had been hospitalized with an infection.

Tom Wolfe has died at the age of 87.

Multiple outlets credit Wolfe as a creator of "New Journalism", a style that combined traditional reporting and immersive writing.

After graduating from St. Christopher's School, an Episcopal all-boys school in Richmond, Wolfe rejected a chance to enroll at Princeton University to stay in Virginia and attend Washington and Lee University, a private liberal arts school in Lexington.

A talented baseball player, he also played throughout school and semi-professionally whilst studying in college.

Despite earning a Ph.D., Wolfe set out on a career in journalism, working as a reporter at the Springfield Union in MA and later at The Washington Post. He also helped found a literary magazine.

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A scathing takedown of greed and excess in NY, it was recognized as an essential American novel of the 1980s and was made into a film starring Tom Hanks.

In 1973, he published an essay collection helping to define New Journalism, with his writing placed alongside that of Truman Capote, Joan Didion and Hunter S Thompson.

By then he had already published a number of ground-breaking books of his own, including "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", in which Wolfe provided a psychedelic chronicle of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters as they experimented with LSD.

Between 1965 and 1981, Wolfe released nine nonfiction books, including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

His first fiction novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, earned praise from peers and critics alike.

"The Bonfire of the Vanities" hit the big screen in 1990, directed by Brian De Palma and toplined by Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, and Melanie Griffith. He laughed about his trademark "feistiness" in the book to CBS News and said, "Well, I just try to bring truth". He is survived by his wife Sheila and son Tommy.