Tom Wolfe

The white-suited Tom Wolfe is one of the original pioneers of New Journalism, a movement in the 1960s that merged literary techniques with reportage.

After showing much intellectual promise (Wolfe rejected Princeton to attend Washington University in St. Louis), Wolfe lunged into journalism as a reporter at The Washington Post and New York Herald Tribune. His 1965 collection of articles, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (the title essay came about when he had difficulty completing an assignment for Esquire and his editor simply published Wolfe's notes verbatim), was a bestseller; he went on to write the seminal "non-fiction novels" The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Right Stuff, coining such pervasive phrases as "radical chic" and "good ol' boy." In 1987, he rose to literary stardom with his first work of fiction, The Bonfire of the Vanities, a bestseller which netted him $5 million just for the film rights. Since then, Wolfe has slowed down his pace (his next novel took him 11 years to complete). Though he hasn't yet managed to top his own act since Vanities, Wolfe continues to be a major literary fixture in New York.

Wolfe has been married to Sheila Berger since 1978; the couple has two children and live in the Upper East Side.

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