Wolfe became a major figure in the NY social scene, identified with his distinct personal style - typified by a white, 3-piece suit. He first came to wide notice with the 1968 novel The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, an account of counterculture icon Ken Kesey and friends, aka the Merry Pranksters, traveling the country in their painted bus and the adventures they experienced.
His agent, Lynn Nesbit confirmed his death.
Tom Wolfe had only one thing about him that was informal and unfussy in his later life, and that was his first name. Both books were later turned into movies.
By wanting so misplaced, he figured folks could be extra inclined to elucidate issues to him. In 2015, Wolfe told Vanity Fair he bought his first white suit when he was working as a young reporter for The New York Herald Tribune, but realized that it was too heavy to wear in hot months.
The nonfiction author and novelist, who wrote a number of best-sellers over a career that spanned decades, was among the writers credited with creating "New Journalism", an American literary movement in the 1960s and 1970s that pushed the limits of traditional journalism and nonfiction writing. For Wolfe, the techniques a writer used in fiction and nonfiction were interchangeable, and he proved that assumption repeatedly with a host of captivating essays in magazines like The New Yorker, Esquire, and Harper's.
Wolfe followed with more novels - "A Man in Full" about race, big money and high society in Atlanta; "I Am Charlotte Simmons", a tale of college high life, and "Back to Blood" about immigrants in Florida in 2012. The book became a bestseller.
In the collection Wolfe wrote, "The most important literature being written in America today is in nonfiction".
He is survived by his wife, Sheila, and two children Tommy and Alexandra.
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