Tom Wolfe | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Sheri F. Crawford

This literature criticism consists of approximately 15 pages of analysis & critique of Tom Wolfe.
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Critical Essay by Sheri F. Crawford

SOURCE: “Rebel-Doodle Dandy,” in Journal of American Culture, Vol. 14, No. 3, Fall, 1991, pp. 13–18.

In the following essay, Crawford dissects the typical Wolfe protagonist, portraying them as well-tailored anti-heroes and heroic outlaws who only have allegiance to themselves.

Dandyism is the last spark of heroism amid decadence.1

Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life

In 1974 Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby appeared on the screen with Robert Redford as Gatsby, a twenties racketeer. Wolfe complained that the novel had been reinterpreted by the garment industry.2 Redford's Hollywood wardrobe tailor failed to fit him properly in white linen suits. The suits looked awful and appeared uncomfortable for Redford.

Deja vu. In 1990, Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities appeared on the screen with Tom Hanks as Sherman McCoy. He wore tailored $4,000 Saville Row suits made from $200 a...

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