The Bonfire of the Vanities author Tom Wolfe dies aged 87

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Wolfe's agent confirmed his passing to ABC News, saying he died Monday in a Manhattan hospital after being admitted for an infection.

Wolfe worked as a reporter at the Springfield Union in MA and as the Latin American correspondent for the Washington Post.

And when he ventured into fiction, starting with "The Bonfire of the Vanities", he still reported - painting page upon page of untold truths of '80s NY, from Wall Street to Park Avenue to The Bronx.

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He had lived in New York since 1962, when he joined The New York Herald Tribune as a reporter.

He championed the use of unconventional techniques such as "saturation reporting'" which involves the writer shadowing the subject over a long period of time. "The Right Stuff" was a big hit and went on to became a fan favorite to this day. He first came to wide notice with the 1968 novel The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, an account of counterculture icon Ken Kesey and friends, aka the Merry Pranksters, traveling the country in their painted bus and the adventures they experienced. The resulting bestseller, The Bonfire Of The Vanities, defined the late-1980s era of Wall Street ambition, power and money. He wrote the work as a series of stories written on deadline every two weeks for Rolling Stone in 1984 and 1985.

Wolfe was well known for being a stylish dresser, often photographed in his trademark white suit. Wolfe had taken a then-unusual path to writing, for an establishment kid from Richmond, Virginia, taking a PhD in American Studies, a discipline which emphasised the importance of everyday life.

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