ImageTom Wolfe in 1988. He was known for his verbal pyrotechnics in books like “The Right Stuff.”CreditÁngel Franco The New York Times
15 May, 2018, 22:41
Newsy confirmed through his agent Lynn Nesbit that he was 88. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1951 and later received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1957. 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.
Wolfe applied this approach in classic works like The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test where he observed Ken Kesey and his LSD-imbibing Merry Pranksters in the early days of the psychedelic era, and The Right Stuff, a chronicle of the early days of the USA space program.
The writer pioneered New Journalism, a 1960s and 1970s literary movement characterized by colorful long-form pieces written in a subjective voice.
He became a leader in the field. Wolfe was associated with other New Journalism writers like Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion and Truman Capote.
The Right Stuff, about the first American astronauts, was adapted into a film in 1983 with Sam Shepard, Dennis Quaid and Ed Harris. She told The New York Times that he had been hospitalized with an infection.
Wolfe became a major figure in the NY social scene, identified with his distinct personal style - typified by a white, 3-piece suit.