The Right Stuff author Tom Wolfe dies at 87

Trail-blazing journalist & writer of The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities Tom Wolfe dies at age 87

"Tom Wolfe is a legend whose unique and innovative writing style changed the face of journalism, satire, and storytelling", said New York Public Library president Anthony W. Marx.

Reports suggest he was battling an infection and pneumonia in hospital when he died.

In his reporting, first with The Washington Post, then The New York Herald Tribune, he pioneered a you-are-there, stream-of-consciousness, first-person perspective, which immersed both writer and reader in the narrative.

Tom Wolfe, the debonair essayist and author of landmark non-fiction and novels including The Right Stuff and Bonfire Of The Vanities, who also helped create the immersive New Journalism literary movement, has died.

Wolfe worked as a reporter at the Springfield Union in MA and as the Latin American correspondent for the Washington Post.

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Born in Richmond, Va., Wolfe attended Washington and Lee University and went on to get his PhD at Yale before becoming a reporter.

While the stories have no connecting theme, this is the first book that gave early examples of New Journalism. He went on to have best-selling success with his works of fiction and non-fiction, which also included "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby".

Later, Wolfe published his first novel, "The Bonfire of the Vanities", in 1987, which was adapted into a film by Brian De Palma in 1990. The film version of "The Right Stuff", about the Mercury Seven astronauts, was directed by Philip Kaufman in 1983.

Wolfe is survived by his wife, Sheila, and two children, Alexandra and Tommy.

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