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Best-selling author Tom Wolfe dies at 88

Best-selling author Tom Wolfe dies at 88”

Author Tom Wolfe, whose novels The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities were made into feature films, has died at age 88. The New York Times reported that he had been in the hospital after suffering from an infection.

Wolfe was also a style icon, known for wearing a crisp white suit everywhere he went.

Wolfe wrote a variety of fiction and nonfiction works over the course of his illustrious career. He moved to New York join the New York Herald-Tribune in in 1962.

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Wolfe first started off as a reporter in the late 1950s, working for the Springfield Union, before being hired by The Washington Post in 1959.

The book earned Wolfe a nomination for the National Book Award before the first copy of the 1.2 million first-run printing was sold, CNN said. He was a newspaper reporter before he became a magazine writer... and a group of his magazine articles were parts of his first book in 1965 - "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby". Along with Gay Talese, Truman Capote and Nora Ephron, he helped demonstrate that journalism could offer the kinds of literary pleasure found in books.

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Wolfe didn't begin his novels with a character and a plot so much as an idea, Tom Vitale of NPR explained. Since childhood, Tom Wolfe dreamed of becoming a writer.

Wolfe critiqued art critics in The Painted Word in 1975, and the architectural decline in From Bauhaus to Our House in 1981. 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 changed my life, and I am grateful I was able to thank him for the wildly unrealistic dream he gave me as an 18 year old boy", astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted. He'd never leave the city, making a home there with his wife Sheila and their two children until his death.

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