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also known as Thomas Kennerly Tom Wolfe, Jr.

journalist , writer

Tom Wolfe is a best-selling author and journalist, well known as a proponent of the New Journalism, using fiction-writing techniques in journalism. After earning a doctorate from Yale, Wolfe worked for newspapers before writing best-selling books such as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968) and his 1987 novel about urban greed and corruption, The Bonfire of the Vanities.


The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965), The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), Pump House Gang (1968), Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers (1970), The New Journalism (1973) (Ed. with EW Johnson), The Painted Word (1975)

Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine (1976), The Right Stuff (1979), In Our Time (1980), From, Bauhaus to Our House (1981), The Purple Decades (1982), Hooking Up (2000), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987), A Man in Full (1998), I Am Charlotte Simmons (2004), Back to Blood (2012)


  • His first collection of essays ‘The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby’ was hugely popular and became a bestseller.

    His book ‘The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test’, which is considered one of his best works in the stream of ‘New Journalism’, explores the beginning and development of the hippie movement.

    'Bonfire of the Vanities’, his first novel, received immense critical appreciation, much more than his other publications, and was also a bestseller for a very long time.


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