The Right Stuff author Tom Wolfe dies at 87

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Tom Wolfe, Star Journalist and Author of 'The Right Stuff,' Dies at 87

The co-founder of "New Journalism", who has died at the age of 88, spent the last half-century in an ice-cream white suit and a striped shirt, the dead spit of The New Yorker's pen-and-ink figurehead, Eustace Tilley. No further details were available. These titles put him in a class with other great writers whose titles also became films like Truman Capote (1967's In Cold Blood) and Norman Mailer (1958's The Naked and the Dead).

Wolfe worked at The Washington Post and the New York Herald Tribune, where he developed "New Journalism", a style marked by interior monologues and eccentric language.

Among his acclaimed books were "The Right Stuff" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities", a satire of Manhattan-style power and justice that became one of the best-selling books of the '80s.

Wolfe's first novel 'The Bonfire of the Vanities, ' was first serialised in Rolling Stone magazine and came out as a book three years later. Starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith, it was a commercial and critical flop.

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In his space-race classic The Right Stuff - the American Book Award victor - he combined the emotional impact of a novel with the factual foundation of hard reporting.

Wolfe covered a range of topics in his prose, from Ken Kesey and the Beat Generation in the 1968 nonfiction book "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" to Cuban immigrants in Miami in 2012 novel "Back to Blood".

Wolfe became a major figure in the NY social scene, identified with his distinct personal style - typified by a white, 3-piece suit.

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

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