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Renowned author Tom Wolfe dies at 88

Renowned author Tom Wolfe dies at 88

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. Nesbit said Wolfe died after he was hospitalized with an infection.

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

New Journalism is a style of reporting in which a writer immerses themselves in a story. He was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, and went to college at Washington and Lee University and received his PhD from Yale.

Before moving to NY in the 60s, Wolfe worked as a reporter at the Springfield Union in MA and as the Latin American correspondent for The Washington Post. His first book, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, arrived in 1965, collecting his early non-fiction essays.

The book was the first example of what Wolfe described as "New Journalism".

In the process, he coined terms that became a part of the culture such as "the Me Decade", Wolfe term for the 1970s.

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In 1979, he published his bestseller "The Right Stuff" about Project Mercury astronauts in the NASA space program and the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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

He published his first novel, "The Bonfire of Vanities", in 1987.

It followed the greed, racism and social classes of New York City in the 1980s.

Wolfe is survived by his wife and two children.

His rep did not immediately return a request for comment.