Tom Wolfe, author of The Right Stuff dies at 88


Other notable works from Wolfe include 1968's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test-detailing Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters' journey across America-and 1979's The Right Stuff, about the first astronauts. According to his agent, Wolfe died in Manhattan on Monday, May 14 after being hospitalized for an infection.

A pioneer of what came to be called "New Journalism", Wolfe practiced saturation reporting and would shadow his subjects for long periods.

Before moving to NY in the 60s, Wolfe worked as a reporter at the Springfield Union in MA and as the Latin American correspondent for The Washington Post.

Wolfe published a string of nonfiction books beginning with "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby" in 1965, a collection of his newspaper and magazine articles in which he experimented with using literary techniques and threw objectivity to the wind.

Wolfe was born on March 2, 1930 in Richmond, Virginia, and never sought to rebel against his conservative, white bourgeois upbringing.

In the process, he coined terms that became a part of the culture such as "the Me Decade", Wolfe term for the 1970s.

Wolfe's 1979 bestseller "The Right Stuff" focused on the USA astronauts involved in the space race with the Soviet Union.

He published his first novel, "The Bonfire of Vanities", in 1987.

The list went on with "Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers", in 1970, a highly controversial book about racial friction in the United States.

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