Tom Wolfe, best-selling novelist and journalist, dies at 87

Tom Wolfe at home in New York in 2016

Other notable works from Wolfe include 1968's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test-detailing Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' journey across America-and 1979's The Right Stuff, about the first astronauts.

She told The New York Times that he had been hospitalized with an infection.

Published in 1987, it became one of the best-selling books of the decade and has often been called the quintessential novel of the era. While the book was not universally well regarded by the critical press, it was an enormous financial success. The style relied on rich and detailed description that evoked a more literary style of prose than found in typical non-fiction works. The writer pioneered New Journalism, a 1960s and 1970s literary movement characterized by colorful long-form pieces written in a subjective voice. (If indeed he ever did!) He lives in the King Kong Kingdom of the Mega-bestsellers - he is already a Media Immortal.

Wolfe's created lasting catch phrases such as "radical chic" to brand pretentious liberals, the "me decade" to sum up the self-indulgence of the 1970s and the "right stuff" to quantify intangible characteristics of the first USA astronauts and their test pilot predecessors.

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Tom Wolfe was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1930.

Wolfe started as a reporter at the Springfield (Massachusetts) Union before moving onto the Washington Post.

Wolfe is survived by Sheila Wolfe, his wife of almost 40 years; a son, Tommy Wolfe, and a daughter, Alexandra Wolfe.

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