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Bonfire of the Vanities author Tom Wolfe dies

Bonfire of the Vanities author Tom Wolfe dies

Bonfire of the Vanities author Tom Wolfe dies

The man behind bestsellers "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "The Right Stuff" passed away in Manhattan, New York on Monday, May 14.

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. In a statement given to the Wall Street Journal, Wolfe's agent Lynn Nesbit said, "He is not just an American icon, but he had a huge worldwide literary reputation". His theory of literature, which he preached in print and in person and to anyone who would listen, was that journalism and nonfiction had "wiped out the novel as American literature's main event".

Tom Wolfe seen in his usual dapper white suit
Image Tom Wolfe seen in his usual dapper white suit

In 1962, he was hired by The New York Herald Tribune, where his editor, Clay Felker, encouraged him to try new avenues in journalism that broke with standard objective reporting.

FILE - President George W. Bush, Tom Wolfe and first lady Laura Bush are pictured at the National Endowment for the Arts national medal awards ceremony at Constitution Hall in Washington, April 22, 2002. He laughed about his trademark "feistiness" in the book to CBS News and said, "Well, I just try to bring truth". From re, he begins his free fall and, in parallel to it, Wolfe portrays entire underworld of city. "He goes out and writes a best-selling novel". Since childhood, Tom Wolfe dreamed of becoming a writer. For Wolfe, the techniques a writer used in fiction and nonfiction were interchangeable, and he proved that assumption repeatedly with a host of captivating essays in magazines like The New Yorker, Esquire, and Harper's. The book was later turned into a blockbuster movie starring Ed Harris as John Glenn and Sam Shepard as record-setting test-pilot Chuck Yeager. He was 88 years old.

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