Tom Wolfe-the influential journalist and novelist who helped create the genre of New Journalism-has died, The New York Times confirms.
Wolfe is survived by his wife Sheila, daughter Alexandra and son Tommy. He had been hospitalised with an infection. Wolfe was associated with other New Journalism writers like Hunter S. Thompson, Joan Didion and Truman Capote.
He was a pioneer of New Journalism, which developed in the 1960s and 1970s, a literary style written from a subjective perspective as opposed to more traditional objective journalism.
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"To pull it off, you casually have to stay with the people you are writing about for long stretches. long enough so that you are actually there when revealing scenes take place in their lives."Around this time, he began working as a journalist, moving to New York in 1962 for a position at The New York Herald Tribune.
The prolific author was known for both his fiction and nonfiction works and rose to fame for his essays and bold arguments coupled with rigorous reporting, climaxing with the book "The Right Stuff" in 1979. He'd never leave the city, making a home there with his wife Sheila and their two children until his death.