Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Tom Wolfe Made Everyone Talk About Him

Tom Wolfe Made Everyone Talk About Him

Wolfe's agent confirmed his passing to ABC News, saying he died Monday in a Manhattan hospital after being admitted for an infection.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1930, Wolfe attended Washington and Lee for undergraduate and Yale for his Ph.D. before moving to New York in the 1960s, the New York Post reported.

Wolfe, who produced nine non-fiction books from 1965 to 1981, had lived in New York since joining The New York Herald Tribune as a reporter in 1962. 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).

"Tom Wolfe is a legend whose unique and innovative writing style changed the face of journalism, satire, and storytelling", said New York Public Library president Anthony W. Marx.

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And when he ventured into fiction, starting with "The Bonfire of the Vanities", he still reported - painting page upon page of untold truths of '80s NY, from Wall Street to Park Avenue to The Bronx. 1983's "The Right Stuff", about the early days of the American space program, won critical raves and four Oscars. It was also adapted for the big screen by director Brian De Palma. He published The Kingdom of Speech, which elicited controversy over his criticism of Charles Darwin and Noam Chomsky's works in 2016.

Wolfe, known for his signature white suit, was easily recognizable when taking walks in his neighborhood.

Wolfe is survived by his wife and two children.

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