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Best-Selling Writer Tom Wolfe Dies At Age 88

15 May 2018

Tom Wolfe, the legendary journalist, writer, and novelist, died on Tuesday at the age of 87.

Lynn Nesbit, Wolfe's longtime agent, confirmed the death to the New York Times and said Wolfe had been hospitalized with an infection.

Born in Virginia in 1931, Wolfe went straight into reportage out of university, beginning at the Springfield Union in MA.

Wolfe then enrolled in Washington and Lee University.

A dapper dresser and NY icon, Wolfe was known for his trademark white suits, homburg hats and white kid gloves. At the Tribune, Wolfe developed his voice as a writer, a colorful, inventive style he honed at Esquire, where he began writing in 1963.

Tom Wolfe, the innovative journalist and author who wrote such best-selling masterpieces as "Bonfire of the Vanities" and "The Right Stuff" has passed away.

His first book, a collection of articles about the flamboyant Sixties, was published in 1965 as "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby". Wolfe was known for creating a "New Journalism" and writing bestsellers that defined eras of American life.

Wolfe is credited with introducing novelistic techniques in reportage - such as scenes and dialogues - which made him one of the champions of what is now known as New Journalism.

Best-Selling Writer Tom Wolfe Dies At Age 88