The Right Stuff author Tom Wolfe dies at 87

Author and Richmond native Tom Wolfe dies at 87 - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

Wolfe, who lived in New York since 1962, had been hospitalized with an infection, his agent Lynn Nesbit told the New York Times.

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

While Michael Lewis said: "What I hope people know about him is that he was a sweet and generous man".

Wolfe began his writing career as a newspaper reporter, first for the Washington Post and then for the New York Herald Tribune. I didn't consciously model my first novel, "Turn of the Century", on Mr. Wolfe's first novel, "The Bonfire of the Vanities", but I was a middle-aged magazine journalist, and it was a big, panoramic social comedy set in NY about the media and rich people and failure, so when half the reviews and articles compared it to "Bonfire", I just shut up and smiled.

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Wolfe came up with "radical chic" to brand pretentious liberals, the "me decade" to sum up the self-indulgence of the 1970s and the "right stuff" to quantify intangible characteristics of the first U.S. astronauts and their test pilot predecessors.

A pioneer of new journalism, Wolfe wove ornate tapestries through his fervent prosaic style and vivid storytelling techniques. 1983's "The Right Stuff", about the early days of the American space program, won critical raves and four Oscars.

Wolfe was also a style icon, known for wearing a crisp white suit everywhere he went. The resulting bestseller, The Bonfire Of The Vanities, defined the late-1980s era of Wall Street ambition, power and money. He'd never leave the city, making a home there with his wife Sheila and their two children until his death.

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