Born In: Richmond, Virginia, United States
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.
Also Known As: Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr.
Died At Age: 87
father: Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Sr.
children: Alexandra, Tommy
Born Country: United States
place of death: New York City, New York, United States
U.S. State: Virginia
education: Washington and Lee University, Yale University
awards: 1961 - Washington Newspaper Guild Award for Foreign News Reporting
1961 - Washington Newspaper Guild Awards for Humor
1970 - Society of Magazine Writers Award for Excellence
1973 - Frank Luther Mott Research Award
1974 - D.Litt.
Washington and Lee University
1977 - Virginia Laureate for literature
1980 - National Book Award for Nonfiction for The Right Stuff
1980 - Columbia Journalism Award for The Right Stuff
1980 - Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Institute of Arts and Letters
1980 - Art History Citation from the National Sculpture Society
1984 - John Dos Passos Award
1986 - Gari Melchers Medal
1986 - Benjamin Pierce Cheney Medal from Eastern Washington University
1986 - Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence
1998 - Finalist for the National Book Award for A Man in Full
2001 - National Humanities Medal
2003 - Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for Lifetime Achievement
2004 - Bad Sex in Fiction Award from the Literary Review
2005 - Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award
2006 - Jefferson Lecture in Humanities
2010 - National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters