Best-Selling Writer Tom Wolfe Dies At Age 88

Best-Selling Writer Tom Wolfe Dies At Age 88

Literary giant Tom Wolfe, who chronicled everything from hippies to the space program before turning his eye to fiction, has died.

Wolfe's agent Lynn Nesbit told The Associated Press that he died in a New York City hospital.

A member of the southern Patrician class and known for his sartorial splendor, Wolfe joined the staff of the New York Herald Tribune as a reporter in 1962 and quickly made a name for himself through an innovative blend of nonfiction reporting and novelistic techniques.

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

A gifted amateur baseball player, Wolfe tried out in 1952 for the then-New York Giants, but he ended up getting cut and eventually landed at Yale University, where he pursued a graduate degree in American studies. He was an English major and sports editor of the school newspaper. In addition to his influence on literature and journalism, Wolfe is also credited with coining terms such as "radical chic" and "the Me Decade", in reference to the 1970s.

"A cult is a religion with no political power".

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

Wolfe revealed in a 2016 interview with The Telegraph of London that he wrote the vivid account of tripping on acid without ever dropping a tab.

Wolfe is survived by his wife and two children.