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Beloved Author Takes Final Breath After Discoverying Mysterious Infection - The Writing Community Mourns

May 16, 2018

Tom Wolfe, esteemed American novelist and journalist whose vibrant words created world-wide known stories, died on Monday, May 15th, 2018. He was 88.

Tom Wolfe was known for his accommodation and input to New Journalism, a style of writing that revolutionized the literary techniques. His work was wildly popular from the 1960’s- well into the 1970’s.

Tom was best known for his works “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby,” “The Right Stuff” and “Bonfire of the Vanities.” His themes tended to address neuroscience and human characteristics. Throughout his career, he was nominated for 34 awards. In 1977, PBS created a film called Tom Wolfe’s Los Angeles.

The New York Times recalls Tom to have been a satirical writer who found great delight in “lacerating the pretentiousness of other” to create vivid stories.

He was named the most skillful writer in America by William Buckley Jr. William claimed that he could “do more things with words than anyone else.”

Tom had been admitted to the hospital with an infection, however, the infection wasn’t believed to be fatal. His manager, Lynn Nesbit, later confirmed that his infection was his source of death.

Following his death, several fans took to social media to express their grievances. His editor, Mr. Dobell, shared this: “There is this about Tom- He has this unique gift of language that sets him apart as Tom Wolfe. It is full of hyperbole; it is brilliant; it is funny, and he has a wonderful ear for how people look and feel.”

Please pray for his family and friends. His literary work will live long after him.

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