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Known for his trade-mark white suit, Thomas James Wolfe was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. After being educated at Yale, he took a job as a reporter for the Springfield Massachusetts Union, starting as a general assignment reporter. After working there, he became a daily reporter for the New York Herald-Tribune and it was during this work that he published his first book, a collection of articles about the burgeoning sixties counter-culture. This led to a string of bestselling essay books, most dealing with modern American society and the people that cause a stir within it.

After being published, Wolfe's talent could not be denied. From the late 60's on, Wolfe has lit a trail of fire throughout the literary world, writing books on the art world, the psychedelic 60's, teen sex, America's space program, and much more. He is the coiner of the term, 'good 'ole boy' and definer of "the me decade". Wolfe is now lauded as one of the true literary geniuses of the late 20th century; most of his books appearing on several best-of-the-century lists. Not one to rest on his laurels, Wolfe continues to produce new work at a regular pace. He currently lives in New York City with his wife Sheilla and their two children.

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Many of Wolfe's titles are available on audio book, and you may wish to begin with Wolfe's first fiction book, and possibly his most well known work "The Bonfire Of The Vanities". This book revolves around Sherman McCoy, a hot-shot, young investment banker with a 14-room apartment in Manhattan. Things begin to break down for McCoy however after he splits from a freak accident in the bronx, and what follows is an explosive unraveling.

For a good introduction to Wolfe's essays there's "Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers" which features two devastatingly funny essays, closely related in theme and substance, both dealing with political stances and social styles in our status-minded world. Finally there's the classic book on the origins of the American Space program "The Right Stuff". This book, which was 6 years in the making, tells the tale of men like Chuck Yeager, Pete Conrad, Gus Grissom, and John Glenn. These were men that had a confidence that went beyond bravery: "the right stuff".

Whether you want to hear his novels, or laugh at one of his incisive essays, LearnOutLoud.com is your one stop shop for the work of Tom Wolfe on audio.

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On Sunday, December 5th, author Tom Wolfe was our guest on In Depth.

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Unlike the other arts, American literature has been a powerful, influential, and leading aspect of American culture....

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"A remarkable narrative of the U.S. space program and especially about the people who made it happen!"

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The Bonfire of the Vanities is a big panoramic story of the metropolis-the kind of fiction strangely absent from our literature in the second half of this century-that reinforces Tom Wolfe's reputation as the foremost chronicler of the way we win in America

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Among the issues he discussed included what he called the "fashion of ideas", and other advice he described as possibly valuable to the graduating class.

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Author Tom Wolfe, who pioneered the new journalism movement which blurred the line between fiction and journalism, discusses the reissuing of ten of his books.

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The setting is Atlanta, Georgia - a racially mixed, late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth and wily politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta conglomerate king whose outsize ego has at last hit up against reality.

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In Tom Wolfe's hands, the strange saga of American architecture in the 20th century makes for both high comedy and intellectual excitement...

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Only yesterday boys and girls spoke of embracing and kissing (necking) as getting to first base. Second base was deep kissing, plus groping and fondling this and that...

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The Pump House Gang is named after a California surfing elite. In addition to this astonishing pack of joyphiliacs and presbyphobes, Wolfe takes us among noble Sixties savages of all varieties, from La Jolla to London, all baying for new forms of status.

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