Thomas Kennerly "Tom" Wolfe, Jr. is an American author and journalist, best known for his association and influence over the New Journalism literary movement in which literary techniques are used in objective even-handed journalism. Beginning his career as a reporter, he soon became one of the most culturally significant figures of the 1960s after the publication of books such as THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST (a highly experimental account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters) and two collections of articles and essays, RADICAL CHIC & MAU-MAUING THE FLAK CATCHERS and The TH KANDY-KOLORED TANGERINE-FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY. His first novel, THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, released in 1987, was met with critical acclaim and was a great commercial success.
He is also known, in recent years, for his spats and public disputes with other writers, including John Updike, Norman Mailer, and John Irving.
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