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Tom Wolfe

American author
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Net worth 2018: $60 Million
Industry: Writers
Residence: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Country: United States
BirthDay: 2 March 1931
Sigh: Aries
Height: 1.60 m
Education: Washington and Lee University, Yale University

Tom Wolfe was bornon 2 March 1931 in Richmond, Virginia, USA, American, is American author. One of the most popular and audacious journalists/authors of our age, Tom Wolfe heralded the ‘New Journalism’ movement, which broke the conventions and restrictions on journalistic writing. His unique and fresh style of writing suited the popular magazines including Harper's, Esquire, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. He has also been credited for coining certain words/phrases such as ‘statusphere,’ ‘the right stuff,’ ‘radical chic,’ ‘the Me Decade,’ and ‘social x-ray’, which have become a part of English vocabulary. His influence, especially in the world of printed media, is massive and not only he taught writers to exercise a certain degree of independence, but also introduced the usage of present tense while writing profile articles. Later, he wrote novels which were commercially successful but many of the mainstream writers severely criticized his writings owing to the approach he adopted in his literary works. Even today, disagreements between him and writers such as John Updike, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal and John Irving are common in the public eye. Nonetheless, he remains one of the greatest journalists of the present day, who showed a new technique and offered a new insight into journalism, which also dealt with analysis and evaluation of facts.


$60 Million


‘Back to Blood’, his fourth novel based on the lives of Cuban immigrants in Miami, Florida, was published in 2012


‘I Am Charlotte Simmons’, his third novel, was published in 2004


In 2001, he came up with ‘Hooking Up’, a short story and essay collection, some of which were written earlier for some popular magazines


His next venture was his second novel ‘A Man in Full’ which took him 11 years to complete, and was published in 1998


His first novel ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities’ was published in 1987, which was based on the metropolitan lifestyle of New York


He published ‘The Right Stuff’ in 1979, through which he offered an insight into the careers and lives of America's first astronauts


He married Sheila Berger in 1978 and the couple has two children, Alexandra and Thomas


In 1970, he came up with an essay which was a critical account of a party given by Leonard Bernstein, a composer and musician, for raising funds for Black Panther Party


It was followed by ‘The Pump House Gang’ in 1968, a book based on several features of the counterculture of the 1960s


A collection of his articles he had contributed to Esquire were made into a book and published under the title ‘The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby’ in 1965


However, unable to deliver the article just before the due date in 1962, he sent a letter to the editor of the magazine explaining his ideas


He left ‘The Republican’ to work as a newspaperman for ‘The Washington Post’ where he covered the Cuban Revolution and was awarded the Washington Newspaper Guild Award for Foreign News Reporting, in 1961


He began his career as a reporter for ‘The Republican’, a newspaper in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1956


He auditioned for the New York Giants in 1952, but the team could not keep him for more than three days, and he quit playing baseball


He graduated with honors in 1951 after which he tried hands at baseball, and began playing at semi-professional level whilst at college


He graduated in 1949 and went to the Washington and Lee University, where he pursued English literature

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