The Right Stuff author Tom Wolfe dies at 87

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Award winning writer and journalist Tom Wolfe, who is noted for works like "The Bonfire of the Vanities", "The Right Stuff" and "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" has passed away in the US.

The writer died of an infection in a hospital in NY on Monday, his agent Lynn Nesbit told The Associated Press.

As a reporter, Wolfe became part of the new journalism movement of the 1960s and 70s, which featured the likes of Truman Capote, Hunter S Thompson and Norman Mailer.

He was known as a pioneer of a literary style in nonfiction that became known as New Journalism.

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Wolfe's other big-screen adaptation, the 1990 comedy The Bonfire of the Vanities, was based on his 1987 novel about amorality and excess in 1980s New York City. The book was later adapted into a film with Sam Shepard, Dennis Quaid and Ed Harris in 1983.

In 2016, Wolfe published his last book, "The Kingdom of Speech", which sought to challenge society's understanding of Darwinism.

Wolfe was also famous for his dapper "Southern gentleman" look, often appearing in public in a pristine white suit, white homburg hat, and two-tone shoes.

Wolfe was a writer whose gifts extended into every permutation of the written form: he was adept at mixing genres and techniques with traditional journalism, bulldozing over staid ideas about objectivity to influence a generation of writers. "I never exchanged a cross word with him in our many years of working together". "And one ... coming up is on political correctness, which I think is the funniest subject in a long- in a long, long time", Wolfe said.

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