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Tom Wolfe


Tom Wolfe

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.

Tom Wolfe

Books by Tom Wolfe

by Tom Wolfe - Fiction

As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay --- with officer Nestor Camacho on board --- Tom Wolfe introduces the Cuban mayor; the black police chief; a wanna-go-muckraking young journalist and his Yale-marinated editor; an Anglo sex-addiction psychiatrist and his Latina nurse; a billionaire porn addict; a nest of shady Russians; and many more unforgettable characters.

by Tom Wolfe - Nonfiction

"An American classic" (Newsweek) that defined a generation. “An astonishing book” (The New York Times Book Review) and an unflinching portrait of Ken Kesey, his Merry Pranksters, and the 1960s.