The acclaimed writer Tom Wolfe (pictured in 2005) has died in New York at age 88. Among his numerous works were ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities.’ Photo: The Roanoke Times via AP

How Tom Wolfe, ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ author who has died at 88, electrified fiction

A writer who spent the first half of his life dethroning the novel with New Journalism, then spent his final decades plotting to bring the novel back into power

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The acclaimed writer Tom Wolfe (pictured in 2005) has died in New York at age 88. Among his numerous works were ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘The Bonfire of the Vanities.’ Photo: The Roanoke Times via AP
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