When essayist, novelist, New Journalism pioneer, and perennialy snappy dresser Tom Wolfe passed away last Monday at age of 88, the country lost one of its sharpest observers and most acid-penned social satirists. Throughout his 50-year career, the “laureate of American pop journalism” utilized flamboyant language and explosive punctuation, not to mention a keen eye for detail, to mercilessly caricature the trends and pretensions of those around him. From 1965 to 1981, Wolfe would produce some of his most famous nonfiction books, including The Electric Kool-Aid Test (1968) and The Right Stuff (1979), but it was his bestselling 1987 debt novel The Bonfire of the Vanities—an epoch-defining tale of ambition, racism, social class, politics, and greed in 1980s New York City—that launched him into the literary stratosphere.
In remembering Wolfe, we took a look back through the archives to find the first reviews of what we think are his five most iconic books.
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