Film fans might have been puzzled scanning IMDb on Tuesday after the death of Tom Wolfe, the beloved author of nonfiction and fiction best-sellers like "The Right Stuff" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities" that were adapted into memorable Hollywood movies.
Wolfe's other books include The Pump House Gang, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, The Painted Word and Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine which includes his well-known essay about the "Me Decade".
Wolfe began his writing career as a newspaper reporter, first for the Washington Post and then for the New York Herald Tribune.
Image Tom Wolfe seen in his usual dapper white suit
Wolfe himself coined the term in 1973 when he published a book of articles called The New Journalism, featuring the likes of Truman Capote, Joan Didion and Gay Talese, who penned the famous literary-style profile "Frank Sinatra Has A Cold". 1983's "The Right Stuff", about the early days of the American space program, won critical raves and four Oscars.
He was never deterred by the fact that he often did not fit in with his research subjects, partly because he was such a sartorial dandy, known for his white suits. John Irving angrily denounced Wolfe by saying, "I can't read him because he's such a bad writer".
"To be honest, I have only five more planned".
Born in Virginia in 1931, Wolfe went straight into reportage out of university, beginning at the Springfield Union in MA. Wolfe is survived by his wife, Sheila, and two children, Alexandra and Tommy.
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