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Wolfe, Tom (1931—)

Since the 1960s, American journalist Tom Wolfe has been one of the chief chroniclers of the times. Known for analyzing trends and exposing inherent cultural absurdities, Wolfe has coined terminology such as "radical chic" and "the Me decade." He has the knack for pinpointing an age, wrapping it up in vivid and readable prose, and presenting it back to society as a kind of mirror. Wolfe was one of the first in a cadre of writers—among them, Jimmy Breslin, Truman Capote, Hunter Thompson, and Gay Talese—to adopt a style called the New Journalism, the practice of writing nonfiction with many of the traditional storytelling elements of fiction. In addition, Wolfe distinguished himself by his frequent use of unorthodox punctuation and spelling and by peppering his text with interjections and onomatopoeia. Some of his most famous works...

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