New journalism pioneer Tom Wolfe dead at 88

Virginia native Tom Wolfe has passed away

The New York Post reports that Wolfe, who began working as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune in 1962, was known for being one of the first journalists to apply literary techniques to their work, a style that was coined New Journalism.

The nonfiction author and novelist, who wrote a number of best-sellers over a career that spanned decades, was among the writers credited with creating "New Journalism", an American literary movement in the 1960s and 1970s that pushed the limits of traditional journalism and nonfiction writing. These titles put him in a class with other great writers whose titles also became films like Truman Capote (1967's In Cold Blood) and Norman Mailer (1958's The Naked and the Dead). "The Right Stuff" was a big hit and went on to became a fan favorite to this day.

By then he had already published a number of ground-breaking books of his own, including "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", in which Wolfe provided a psychedelic chronicle of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters as they experimented with LSD. The film version of "The Right Stuff", about the Mercury Seven astronauts, was directed by Philip Kaufman in 1983.

In it, he argued that speech, not evolution, is responsible for humanity's highest achievements. He laughed about his trademark "feistiness" in the book to CBS News and said, "Well, I just try to bring truth".

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Wolfe was also famous for his dapper "Southern gentleman" look, often appearing in public in a pristine white suit, white homburg hat, and two-tone shoes.

Author and journalist Tom Wolfe has died, aged 88.

"To be honest, I have only five more planned".

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