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American author and journalist (1930–2018)wd:Q216195
movement: New Journalism
country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: Yale University, Washington and Lee University, St. Christopher's School, Richmond
occupation: journalist, novelist, reporter, essayist, non-fiction writer, screenwriter, writer, prosaist
award received: National Humanities Medal, National Book Award, Dos Passos Prize, St. Louis Literary Award, Jefferson Lecture, Wilbur Cross Medal, Carl Sandburg Literary Award
influenced by: Émile Zola, Ernest Hemingway, Evelyn Waugh, Charles Dickens, Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Norman Mailer
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 novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, published in 1987, was met with critical acclaim and also became a commercial success. Its adaptation as a motion picture of the same name, directed by Brian De Palma, was a critical and commercial failure.
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