Tom Wolfe, pioneering 'New Journalist,' dead at 88

Tom Wolfe, pioneering 'New Journalist,' dead at 88
CORRECTS AGE TO 88 - FILE - In this July 26, 2016 file photo, American author and journalist Tom Wolfe, Jr. appears in his living room during an interview about his latest book, "The Kingdom of Speech," in New York. Wolfe died at a New York City hospital. He was 88. Additional details were not immediately available. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Author Tom Wolfe, who chronicled everything from hippies to the space race before turning his sharp eye to fiction, has died. He was 88.

Wolfe’s agent Lynn Nesbit told The Associated Press that Wolfe died in a New York City hospital. Additional details were not immediately available.

The “new journalism” reporter and novelist insisted that the only way to tell a great story was to go out and report it. His writing style was rife with exclamation points, italics and improbable words.

Among his acclaimed books were “The Right Stuff” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” a satire of Manhattan-style power and justice that became one of the best-selling books of the ’80s.

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This story has been corrected to make Wolfe’s age 88.