Legendary Author Tom Wolfe Dead At 87

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He moved to New York join the New York Herald-Tribune in in 1962.

Tom Wolfe, the American journalist and author best known for The Bonfire of the Vanities, has died at 87, his agent has said. Wolfe himself coined the term in 1973 when he published a book of articles called The New Journalism, featuring the likes of Truman Capote, Joan Didion and Gay Talese, who penned the famous literary-style profile "Frank Sinatra Has A Cold".

Wolfe first came to national prominence after publishing The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which followed Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, in the 1960s. A pioneer of America's "New Journalism", he brought a vigorous, slangy yet sceptical eye to the cultural trends of the Sixties. From 1965 to 1981 Mr. Wolfe produced nine nonfiction books.

The Right Stuff, Wolfe's 1979 account of the early days of the US space program and the test pilots recruited for it, remains his best-selling work.

And when he ventured into fiction, starting with "The Bonfire of the Vanities", he still reported - painting page upon page of untold truths of '80s NY, from Wall Street to Park Avenue to The Bronx. "He goes out and writes a best-selling novel". In 1987, Wolfe published "The Bonfire of the Vanities", a novel that also later became a film. Throughout his work, Wolfe's marvelous facility with language created several new phrases, including "radical chic" and "the Me decade". He'd never leave the city, making a home there with his wife Sheila and their two children until his death.