Tom Wolfe

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Tom Wolfe

American author and journalist, best known for his association and influence over the New Journalism literary movement in which literary techniques are used in objective, even-handed journalism add

Category: Literature

Born in 1931.

Countries: United States (68%), Cuba (10%), (10%)

Main connections: The Right Stuff (film), The Bonfire of the Vanities (film), John Glenn

Linked to: Black Panther Party, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, Washington and Lee University, Yale University

 

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Tom Wolfe was born in 1931 add something


1949

Upon graduation in 1949, he turned down admission to Princeton University to attend Washington and Lee University where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, both all-male schools at the time add something


1951

Wolfe graduated "cum laude" in 1951 add something


1952

In 1952 he earned a tryout with the New York Giants but was cut after three days, which Wolfe blamed on his inability to throw good fastballs add something


1956

In 1956, while still preparing his thesis, Wolfe became a reporter for the "Springfield Union" in Springfield, Massachusetts add something


1957

Wolfe finished his thesis in 1957 and in 1959 was hired by "The Washington Post" add something


1960

Wolfe wrote on popular culture, architecture, politics, and other topics that underscored, among other things, how American life in the 1960s had been transformed by post-WWII economic prosperity add something


 

He won an award from The Newspaper Guild for foreign reporting in Cuba in 1961 and won the Guild's award for humor add something


1962

In 1962, Wolfe left Washington for New York City, taking a position with the "New York Herald Tribune" as a general assignment reporter and feature writer add something

 

Wolfe adopted the white suit as a trademark in 1962 add something


1965

In 1965, a collection of his articles in this style was published under the title "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby", and Wolfe's fame grew add something


1968

A second volume of articles, "The Pump House Gang", followed in 1968 add something

 

His defining work from this era is "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" , which for many epitomized the 1960s add something

 

Stewart Brand - Tom Wolfe describes Brand in the beginning of his 1968 book, "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"


1970

In 1970, he published two essays in book form as "Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers": "Radical Chic," a biting account of a party given by Leonard Bernstein to raise money for the Black Panther Party, and "Mau-Mauing The Flak Catchers," about the practice of using racial intimidation to extract funds from government welfare bureaucrats add something


1973

In addition to his own forays into this new style of journalism, Wolfe edited a collection of New Journalism with E.W. Johnson, published in 1973 and titled "The New Journalism" add something


1974

Hunter S. Thompson - Thompson, in a 1974 Interview in "Playboy" addressed the issue himself, saying "Unlike Tom Wolfe or Gay Talese, I almost never try to reconstruct a story


1975

Wolfe wrote two highly skeptical social histories of modern art and modern architecture, "The Painted Word" and "From Bauhaus to Our House", in 1975 and 1981, respectively add something


1977

Published in 1977, "Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine" included one of Wolfe's more famous essays, "The Me Decade and the Third Great Awakening add something


1979

In 1979, Wolfe published "The Right Stuff", an account of the pilots who became America's first astronauts add something


 

Most of the paperback award-winners were reprints, including the 1980 General Nonfiction add something

 

Chuck Yeager - The Right Stuff - Yeager's popularity soared in the 1980s, when he was prominently featured in Tom Wolfe's book "The Right Stuff" and in its 1983 movie adaptation, in which he was portrayed by Sam Shepard


1981

Wolfe remained occupied writing nonfiction books and contributing to "Harper's" until 1981 when he ceased his other work to concentrate on the novel add something

 

Barcelona chair - In his 1981 book about modern architecture, "From Bauhaus to Our House", Tom Wolfe mocked the Barcelona chair as "the Platonic ideal of chair", and wrote that, despite its high price, owning one had become a necessity for young architects: "When you saw the holy object on the sisal rug, you knew you were in a household where a fledgeling architect and his young wife had sacrificed everything to bring the symbol of the godly mission into their home


1983

In 1983, the book was adapted as a successful feature film add something

 

John Glenn - Glenn and his staff worried about the 1983 release of "The Right Stuff", a film about the original seven Mercury astronauts based on the best-selling Tom Wolfe book of the same name

 

Pancho Barnes - Her life and personality were portrayed in the 1983 epic film "The Right Stuff" adapted from Tom Wolfe's bestselling book of the same name

 

The Right Stuff (film) - "'The Right Stuff"' is a 1983 American drama film that was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in aeronautical research at Edwards Air Force Base, California, as well as the seven military pilots who were selected to be the astronauts for Project Mercury, the first attempt at manned spaceflight by the United States


1984

The deadline pressure gave him the motivation he had hoped for, and from July 1984 to August 1985 each biweekly issue of "Rolling Stone" contained a new instalment add something


1987

His first novel entitled "The Bonfire of the Vanities", released in 1987, was met with critical acclaim and was a great commercial success add something

 

"The Bonfire of the Vanities" appeared in 1987 add something

 

The Bonfire of the Vanities (film) - The cover of Peter Fallow's book in the film has a similar design to the original first edition of Tom Wolfe's novel from 1987


1989

In 1989, Wolfe wrote an essay for "Harper's Magazine" titled "Stalking the Billion-Footed Beast", which criticized modern American novelists for failing to engage fully with their subjects, and suggested that modern literature could be saved by a greater reliance on journalistic technique add something


1990

The Bonfire of the Vanities (film) - "'The Bonfire of the Vanities"' is a 1990 American film adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Tom Wolfe, originally serialized in "Rolling Stone Magazine


1997

After publishing "Hooking Up" in 2001, he followed up with his third novel, "I Am Charlotte Simmons" , which chronicles the decline of a poor, bright scholarship student from Alleghany County, North Carolina, in the context of snobbery, materialism, institutionalised anti-intellectualism and sexual promiscuity she finds at a prestigious contemporary American university add something


1998

This novel took him more than 11 years to complete; "A Man in Full" was published in 1998 add something


2001

In 2001, Wolfe published an essay referring to these three authors as "My Three Stooges add something


2004

Wolfe rejects such labels; in a 2004 interview, he said that his "idol" in writing about society and culture is Émile Zola, who, in Wolfe's words, was "a man of the left" but "went out, and found a lot of ambitious, drunk, slothful and mean people out there add something

 

Wolfe was a supporter of George W. Bush and said he voted for him for president in 2004 because of what he called Bush's "great decisiveness and willingness to fight add something


2005

Scott Crary - Crary served on the jury of the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival alongside Alan Cumming, Whoopi Goldberg, Darren Arronofsky, Tom Wolfe, Damon Dash and others


2007

Asked to comment by the "Wall Street Journal" on blogs in 2007 to mark the tenth anniversary of their advent, Wolfe wrote that "the universe of blogs is a universe of rumors" and that "blogs are an advance guard to the rear add something


2008

In early 2008, it was announced that Wolfe was leaving his longtime publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux add something


2009

Hugh Latimer Dryden - Tom Wolfe, writing in 2009 at the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, credited Dryden with having been the individual who spoke up, with President John F. Kennedy in April, 1961, and suggested that manned flight to the moon was the way to "catch up" with the Soviets in the space race


2012

His fourth novel, "Back to Blood", was published in October 2012 by Little, Brown add something


2016

In 2016 Wolfe published "The Kingdom of Speech", which is a controversial critique of Charles Darwin and Noam Chomsky add something

 

Daniel Everett - In 2016 Tom Wolfe published a book, "The Kingdom of Speech", in which he discusses work of four major figures in the history of the sciences of evolution and language, the last of them being Daniel Everett


2018

Wolfe died from an infection in Manhattan on May 14, 2018, at the age of 88 add something