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wrote:Tom Wolfe, the ice-cream-suited dandy and prose provocateur who took a new mixture of journalism and literary techniques to mind-bending heights in works such as Radical Chic and The Right Stuff, has died. He was 88.
He died Monday in a Manhattan hospital, according to the New York Times, citing his agent, Lynn Nesbit, who said Wolfe had been hospitalized with an infection. He lived in New York.
A founding father of what became known as New Journalism, Wolfe added the terms pushing the outside of the envelope and good ol boy to the American lexicon. He branded the navel-gazing 1970s the Me Decade and dubbed high-flying Wall Street bond traders Masters of the Universe in his first work of fiction, The Bonfire of the Vanities.
His nonfiction work, most prominently in New York magazine and Esquire, followed a path laid in reporting by Gay Talese and Jimmy Breslin. Recalling with admiration a Breslin piece, Wolfe wrote in New York magazine in 1972: There it was, a short story, complete with symbolism, in fact, and yet true-life, as they say.
These practitioners of the New Journalism -- a term Wolfe said he didnt like -- considered novels the highest form of writing. In the early 1960s, Wolfe said, they stumbled on the realization that journalism could be written to read like a novel.
They never guessed for a minute that the work they would do over the next ten years, as journalists, would wipe out the novel as literatures main event, Wolfe recalled.