Journalist and Author Tom Wolfe Dies

Tom Wolfe at home in New York in 2016

Wolfe was also famous for his dapper "Southern gentleman" look, often appearing in public in a pristine white suit, white homburg hat, and two-tone shoes. "All the same, he was one of the most modest and kindest people I have ever met".

Born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 2, 1930, Wolfe was a star baseball player at his high school and also edited its newspaper.

Wolfe's 1979 bestseller "The Right Stuff" focused on the United States astronauts involved in the space race with the Soviet Union.

In 1951 he graduated from Washington and Lee University, and in 1957 received his PhD in Yelsk University, majoring in American studies.

Wolfe started as a reporter at the Springfield (Massachusetts) Union before moving onto the Washington Post. He had lived in New York since joining The New York Herald Tribune as a reporter in 1962.

His first book, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, was a collection of essays originally published in Esquire magazine.

In addition to novels, Wolfe worked as a journalist. In addition, he wrote the cult classic Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which was printed in 1968.

Wolfe didn't begin his novels with a character and a plot so much as an idea, Tom Vitale of NPR explained.

"I probably have given that impression in the past, but I didn't", he said. 'He didn't just help me to become a writer, he did it with pleasure'. "The Painted Word" targeted the world of art. It's part of what made his books catnip for Hollywood producers; four of them, including The Last American Hero, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and Almost Heroes, were turned into major films.

"Saddened to hear of Tom Wolfe's passing".

If you're looking for a glimpse into the mind of Tom Wolfe, look no further than the New York Public Library. He is survived by his wife Sheila and son Tommy.

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