Literary Giant Tom Wolfe Dies

Tom Wolfe at home in New York in 2016

Wolfe, who was often spotted strolling around New York City in a crisp white three-piece suit, was one of the creators of so-called New Journalism, a style that infused traditional reporting with literary flair.

The author's death comes after he was hospitalized for an infection, and his agent Lynn Nesbit confirmed the news to The New York Times.

Tom Wolfe was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1930.

Wolfe applied this approach in classic works like The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test where he observed Ken Kesey and his LSD-imbibing Merry Pranksters in the early days of the psychedelic era, and The Right Stuff, a chronicle of the early days of the USA space program.

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His first book, a collection of articles about the flamboyant Sixties, was published in 1965 as "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby".

In 1973, Wolfe co-edited The New Journalism, an anthology that collected several of his pieces along with work from peers such as Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, and others.

He was known for coining phrases such as "radical chic" - a derogatory term for pretentious liberals - and "the me decade", which described the self-indulgence of the 1970s.

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