Acclaimed author and journalist Tom Wolfe is known for his use of New Journalism (employing fiction-writing techniques such as sustained dialogue, well-developed characters, and vivid scenes) and for his best-selling books including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968) and The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987). After earning his Ph.D. in American Studies in 1957 and writing for several newspapers, Wolfe moved to New York City, where he joined the New York Herald Tribune as a general assignment reporter. Like many writers, Wolfe’s experiences in New York City shaped and influenced his writing, especially his experiences in Greenwich Village, which he called home in the 1960’s.
The subject matter of Wolfe’s stories reflect his interest in popular culture, the spirit of New York City (and other large American cities), and the state of modern art and literature. In 1965, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published Wolfe’s first book, a compilation of stories he had written between 1962 and 1965, called The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby. In 1968, the publishing company released two more best-selling books by Wolfe: The Pump House Gang (featuring additional observations about 1960s culture) and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (a non-fiction tome about the LSD-infused adventures of Ken Kesey).
Some Tom Wolfe Classics (courtesy: Juniper Books)
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