Award winning writer and journalist Tom Wolfe has passed away in the US. He was aged 88. Wolfe who pioneered “new journalism” passed away in Manhattan on Monday, his agent confirmed the news to the New York Times on Tuesday. He had been hospitalized with an infection. He was noted for works like The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1930, Wolfe attended Washington and Lee for undergraduate and Yale for his Ph.D. before moving to New York in the 1960s, the New York Post reported. Wolfe worked as a reporter at the Springfield Union in Massachusetts and as the Latin American correspondent for the Washington Post.
His first book The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby was a collection of essays originally published in Esquire magazine.
His best-selling book The Right Stuff which is about rocket airplane experiments after World War II and the Project Mercury astronauts, won the American Book Award for nonfiction, the National Institute of Arts and Letters Harold Vursell Award for prose style, and the Columbia Journalism Award.