‘Right Stuff,’ ‘Bonfire’ author Tom Wolfe dead at 87, agent says

(Reuters) – Tom Wolfe, an early practitioner of “new journalism” who captured the mood and culture of America across five decades with books including “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” “The Right Stuff” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” died on Tuesday at the age of 87, his agent said.

FILE PHOTO: Author Tom Wolfe stands with U.S. President George W. Bush while receiving the National Humanities Medal in Washington, U.S., April 22, 2002. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File Photo

Wolfe, who had a knack for coining phrases such as “radical chic” and “the me decade,” died of an unspecified infection in a New York City hospital on Monday, his agent, Lynn Nesbit, said in a phone interview.

Reporting by Bill Trott in Washington and Peter Szekely in New York; Editing by Scott Malone and Bill Rigby

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