Wolfe, Tom

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Wolfe, Tom Gender: M
Thomas Kennerly Wolfe, Jr.
born on 2 March 1930 at 02:12 (= 02:12 AM )
Place Richmond, Virginia, 37n33, 77w28
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: CAH
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 10°59' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 00°33 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 21°26'

Tom Wolfe


American writer, a major influential reporter and author, who was one of the originators of "the new journalism" of the '60s, a brilliant, perceptive genius. He originated such phrases as "radical chic," "the Me decade," and "the right stuff." His novel "The Right Stuff," 1979, was sold for the film rights for a half million dollars but did not do well at the box office. His 1987 best-selling first novel, "Bonfire of the Vanities" was praised and savaged with equal fervor but as a movie rewritten by Hollywood, it failed onscreen.

Wearing a characteristic white suit, best-dressed and dashing, he is soft spoken but thrives on antagonism. He doesn't just sit back and wait for the pot to boil over, he usually fans the flames.

His second novel and 12th book, "A Man in Full," was published in November 1998 with a first print run of 1.2 million copies. The book reportedly took him eight years to write.

The son of a college professor and farm trade journal editor dad and a homemaker mom, Tom was the first-born with a younger sister. His early obsessions were with King Arthur, followed by Napoleon and then, literary figures. At high school he was the coeditor of the student newspaper and pitched for the baseball team. At college in Lexington, Virginia, he played ball and majored in English. In 1951, he came to the crossroads of a decision: baseball as a profession or on to Yale. His try-out with the New York Giants made the decision for him; he was not accepted.

Wolfe left Yale with a Ph.D. in 1957 and began work as a cub reporter for the Springfield Union, Massachusetts. He moved quickly to the Washington Post and in 1962, the New York Herald Tribune. An excellent reporter, he got the facts, and got them right. He began his sartorial splendor about that time, custom-made suits and handmade shoes, often in alarming pastels. "It annoyed people tremendously," he said, "So I liked it." He was noticed, which he liked even more. As one professor said, "You haven't seen anything until you've seen Tom Wolfe walking around the University of North Dakota in a canary-yellow tuxedo, a bowler hat and a bowtie. That's not something you forget."

The long strike of New York newspapers in 1963 put Wolfe out of work. Writing for Esquire, he created the non-fiction short story, presenting facts dressed in the emotional impact and color of fiction. In the next few years he published over 40 articles in papers and magazines, attracting notice, fame, jealousy and outrage. His first book was "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" in 1968, an instant bestseller that ultimately went through 34 printings.

Though his public life is flamboyant, Wolfe carries privacy to extremes, not answering questions about his personal life nor even the ages of his two kids, Alexandra and Thomas. His 1996 heart attack and subsequent quadruple bypass was kept out of the papers. He had met and married Sheila Berger when she was art director of Harper's magazine and the family lives in a New York four-story townhouse. His sole admitted hobby is window-shopping.

In autumn of 2004, his third novel was published, and he admitted that he fell into a deep depression a few months after his 1996 heart-bypass surgery.

Wolfe died in Manhattan, New York, on 14 May 2018, aged 88.

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  • Misc. : Great Insight 1951 (Crossroads of life, baseball or writing)
  • Social : End a program of study 1957 (Graduated Yale with PhD.)
  • Work : New Career 1962 (Began work with the New York Herald Tribune)
  • Financial : Worst Period 1963 (Strike causes his lay-off from work)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1968 (First book, "The Electric KoolAid Acid Test")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1979 (Release of his book "The Right Stuff")
  • Health : Medical procedure 1996 (Heart attack and triple by-pass surgery)
  • Mental Health : Depressive episode 1996
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released November 1998 (Second novel "A Man in Full," 1.2 million copies)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2004 (Third novel, "I Am Charlotte Simmons")

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  • Traits : Personality : Aggressive/ brash (Antagonistic)
  • Traits : Personality : Attention seeking (Dresses flamboyantly)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Heart attack followed by triple by-pass surgery)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression (following heart-bypass surgery)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Eldest of two, younger sister)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One long-term)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One boy and one girl)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Sports (Played college baseball, almost pro)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 88)
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Journalist, reporter)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction