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The Right Stuff author Tom Wolfe dies at 87

16 May 2018, 12:41 | Marta Robbins

Author and journalist Tom Wolfe at home in New York in 2016

Author and journalist Tom Wolfe at home

Tom Wolfe, author of The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities, has died aged 88, his agent has confirmed.

In 1962 he moved to NY and began working in the NY Herald Tribune.

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.

Famous since 1960s for his impeccable three-piece suits and starched white collar shirts, Wolfe had countless anecdotes of some of his famous stories, such as portrait of Cassius Clay, better known as Muhammad Ali.

The legendary author, a genius of creative nonfiction storytelling, passed away after he was hospitalized with an infection, as disclosed by his longtime literary agent, Lynn Nesbit. "All the same, he was one of the most modest and kindest people I have ever met".

In the collection Wolfe wrote, "The most important literature being written in America today is in nonfiction". He moved to New York in 1962 to join the New York Herald-Tribune and remained in the city for the rest of his life.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, on March 2, 1930, Wolfe was a star baseball player at his high school and also edited its newspaper. John Irving angrily denounced Wolfe by saying, "I can't read him because he's such a bad writer".

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Wolfe later turned to writing novels.

Wolfe critiqued art critics in The Painted Word in 1975, and the architectural decline in From Bauhaus to Our House in 1981. They want to tell you things that you don't know.

In 1979, he published The Right Stuff, a portrait of American heroism, viewed through the exploits of military test pilots and astronauts known as the Mercury Seven, which was made into a successful movie in 1983. Wolfe slammed both Charles Darwin and linguist Noam Chomsky in the book.

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

And when he ventured into fiction, starting with "The Bonfire of the Vanities", he still reported - painting page upon page of untold truths of '80s NY, from Wall Street to Park Avenue to The Bronx.

Wolfe lived in NY with his wife, Sheila.



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