Tom Wolfe was known for his succulent literature cut by the knife of facts and figures. He combined the two extremes of writing, melding a beautiful melody of journalism. With Tom Wolfe, journalism in the USA took a complete transformation in the 1970s, leaving a long-lasting impact over great distances.
Tom Wolfe established his name in non-fiction and report writing, adopting an enthralling style, focusing on exciting figures in sports, space, as well as social concerns, closing his rhetoric with grasping personal views and vivid tropes.
Known for his unabashed contrarian attitude, he was equally famous for both his attire as well as satire. .The dearly departed novelist was famous for his trademark white suit, which he started wearing in 1962. In his use of unconventional novelistic techniques on his non-fiction, he aided in forming the immensely influential literary phenomenon known as the New Journalism.
Eminent writer, John Irving, confessed to not have read Wolfe since he was beyond comprehension.
Wolfe’s first book turned him into an “aging enfant terrible.” The Bonfire of Vanities was critically acclaimed, but it passed the true litmus test when it became a commercial success. Anybody who has read The Bonfire of Vanities has experienced the life of New York through the magic conjectured by the wordsmith’s words. The acidic pen of the New Journalist has forged history and has brought literature to life, and it will continue to do so even beyond the grave.
His passing away at the ripe age of 88 is a loss to the literary and journalistic circles alike. He will be sorely missed by everyone who followed his works, and The Bonfire of Vanities will end up in the hall of fame of literature.