Author Tom Wolfe dead at 87


Tom Wolfe, the innovative writer who chronicled the early days of the US space program, American surf culture and the rise of 1960s counterculture before becoming a novelist with his classic Bonfire Of The Vanities, died Monday night.

Wolfe's agent Lynn Nesbit told USA media the writer died on Monday in a Manhattan hospital, where he was being treated for an infection. Around this time, he began working as a journalist, moving to New York in 1962 for a position at The New York Herald Tribune.

Multiple outlets credit Wolfe as a creator of "New Journalism", a style that combined traditional reporting and immersive writing.

Tom Wolfe, a journalist and novelist known for books like "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", died on Monday in a Manhattan hospital while battling an infection, his agency Janklow & Nesbit Associates confirmed to CBS News. He was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, and went to college at Washington and Lee University and received his PhD from Yale.

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His first book, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, was a collection of essays originally published in Esquire magazine.

Wolfe revealed in a 2016 interview with The Telegraph of London that he wrote the vivid account of tripping on acid without ever dropping a tab. "He changed my life, and I am grateful I was able to thank him for the wildly unrealistic dream he gave me as an 18 year old boy", astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted.

He published his first novel, "The Bonfire of Vanities", in 1987.

Wolfe is survived by his wife and two children.