From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. (March 2, 1930 – May 14, 2018) was an American author and journalist widely known for his association with New Journalism, a style of news writing and journalism developed in the 1960s and 1970s that incorporated literary techniques.
Wolfe began his career as a regional newspaper reporter in the 1950s, achieving national prominence in the 1960s following the publication of such best-selling books as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (a highly experimental account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters) and two collections of articles and essays, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers and The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby. In 1979, he published the influential book The Right Stuff about the Mercury Seven astronauts, which was made into a 1983 film of the same name directed by Philip Kaufman.
His first fiction novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, published in 1987, was met with critical acclaim and also became a commercial success. It was adapted as a major motion picture of the same name directed by Brian De Palma.
- The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965)
- The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968)
- The 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 Kingdom of Speech (2016)
- The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987)
- A Man in Full (1998)
- I Am Charlotte Simmons (2004)
- Back to Blood (2012)
- The Sixties (2014)
- Smiling Through the Apocalypse (2013)
- Salinger (2013)
- Felix Dennis: Millionaire Poet (2012)
- Tom Wolfe Gets Back to Blood (2012)
- A Light in the Dark: The Art & Life of Frank Mason (2011)
- Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
- Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)
- Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film (2006)
- Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006)
- Breakfast with Hunter (2003)
- The Last Editor (2002)
- Dick Schaap: Flashing Before my Eyes (2001)
- Where It's At: The Rolling Stone State of the Union (1998)
- Peter York's Eighties: Post (1996)
- Bauhaus in America (1995)
- Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)
- Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990)
- Spaceflight (1985)
- Up Your Legs Forever (1971)
- "The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson. Yes!" Esquire, March 1965.
- "Tiny Mummies! The True Story of the Ruler of 43rd Street's Land of the Walking Dead!" New York Herald-Tribune supplement (April 11, 1965).
- "Lost in the Whichy Thicket," New York Herald-Tribune supplement (April 18, 1965).
- "The Birth of the New Journalism: Eyewitness Report by Tom Wolfe." New York, February 14, 1972.
- "The New Journalism: A la Recherche des Whichy Thickets." New York Magazine, February 21, 1972.
- "Why They Aren't Writing the Great American Novel Anymore." Esquire, December 1972.
- "The Me Decade and the Third Great Awakening" New York, August 23, 1976.
- "Stalking the Billion-Footed Beast", Harper's. November 1989.
- "Sorry, but Your Soul Just Died." Forbes 1996.
- "Pell Mell." The Atlantic Monthly (November 2007).
- "The Rich Have Feelings, Too." Vanity Fair (September 2009).