Wolfe, Tom (Thomas Kennerly Wolfe, Jr.), 1931–, American journalist and novelist, b. Richmond, Va. Wolfe first gained fame for his studies of contemporary American culture in a colorful style known as New Journalism. His journalistic works include The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965), The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), Radical Chic and Mau-mauing the Flak Catchers (1970), The Right Stuff (1975), From Bauhaus to Our House (1981), and the anthology Hooking Up (2000). He has also written novels: The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987), a satiric look at a New York City torn by race and class; A Man in Full (1998), the saga of an Atlanta millionaire and a comic portrait of the New South; I Am Charlotte Simmons (2004), a glimpse at randy contemporary collegians; and Back to Blood (2012), a tale of ethnic, racial, cultural, and financial conflicts in Miami.
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