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Tom Wolfe (1) [1930–2018]

This page covers the author of The Bonfire of the Vanities.

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Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. was born in Richmond, Virginia on March 2, 1930. He received bachelor's degree in English from Washington and Lee University in 1951 and a Ph.D in American studies from Yale University in 1957. He started his journalism career as a general-assignment reporter at The Springfield Union. While he was working for The Washington Post, he was assigned to cover Latin America and won the Washington Newspaper Guild's foreign news prize for a series on Cuba in 1961. In 1962, he became a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune and a staff writer for New York magazine. His work also appeared in Harper's and Esquire. His first book, a collection of articles about the flamboyant Sixties written for New York and Esquire entitled The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, was published in 1968. His other collections included Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers and Hooking Up. His non-fiction works included The Pump House Gang; The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test; The Painted Word; Mauve Gloves and Madmen, Clutter and Vine; In Our Time; and From Bauhaus to Our House. The Right Stuff won the American Book Award for nonfiction, the National Institute of Arts and Letters Harold Vursell Award for prose style, and the Columbia Journalism Award. It was adapted into a film in 1983. His fiction books included The Bonfire of the Vanities, Ambush at Fort Bragg, A Man in Full, The Kingdom of Speech, I Am Charlotte Simmons, and Back to Blood. He was also a contributing artist at Harper's from 1978 to 1981. Many of his illustrations were collected in In Our Time. He died on May 14, 2018 at the age of 88. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Bonfire of the Vanities… (more)
The Bonfire of the Vanities 8,646 copies, 129 reviews
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test 6,118 copies, 72 reviews
The Right Stuff 4,443 copies, 66 reviews
A Man in Full 4,395 copies, 45 reviews
I Am Charlotte Simmons 3,800 copies, 80 reviews
From Bauhaus to Our House 1,293 copies, 16 reviews
Hooking Up 1,006 copies, 15 reviews
Back to Blood 918 copies, 33 reviews
The Painted Word (Illustrator, some editions) 901 copies, 18 reviews
The Pump House Gang 490 copies, 5 reviews
The New Journalism (Editor; Contributor) 322 copies, 2 reviews
Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine (Illustrator, some editions) 319 copies, 3 reviews
The Kingdom of Speech 264 copies, 12 reviews
The Best American Essays of the Century (Contributor) 736 copies, 4 reviews
Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson (Contributor) 574 copies, 9 reviews
The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books (Contributor) 293 copies, 12 reviews
The Best of Modern Humor (Contributor) 283 copies, 2 reviews
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 265 copies, 4 reviews
Three Novels : Mildred Pierce; Double Indemnity; The Postman Always Rings… (Introduction, some editions) 208 copies, 6 reviews
The Best American Sports Writing of the Century (Contributor) 187 copies, 1 review
Photographs (Introduction) 170 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Essays 1990 (Contributor) 114 copies
The Best American Essays 1987 (Contributor) 83 copies
Going Downtown: The War Against Hanoi and Washington (Foreword, some editions) 73 copies, 2 reviews
Malaparte: A House Like Me (Foreword) 48 copies, 1 review
I'm a Little Special (Contributor) 15 copies
À la Mode: On the Social Psychology of Fashion (Introduction, some editions) 8 copies

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