Thomas Kennerly "Tom" Wolfe, Jr. (born March 2, 1931) is an American author and journalist, best known for his association and influence over the New Journalism literary movement in which literary techniques are used in objective, even-handed journalism. Beginning his career as a reporter he soon became one of the most culturally significant figures of the sixties after the publication of books such as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, a highly experimental account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and his collections of articles and essays, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers and The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby. His first novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities, released in 1987 was met with critical acclaim and was a great commercial success.

He is also known, in recent years, for his spats and public disputes with other writers, including John Updike, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal and John Irving.


Tom Wolfe Poems


And who shall say—
Whatever disenchantment follows—
That we ever forget magic,... more »

O Lost

We shall not come again.
We never shall come back again.
But over us all, over us all,... more »

Like the River

Why are you absent in the night, my love?
Where are you when the bells ring in the night?
Now, there are bells again,... more »

Tom Wolfe Quotes

The attitude is we live and let live. This is actually an amazing change in values in a rather short time and it's an example of freedom from religion.
Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. author, journalist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, September 8, 1988).
It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved.
Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. journalist, author. "Jonestown," ch. 2, In Our Time (1980).
A cult is a religion with no political power.
Tom Wolfe (b. 1931), U.S. journalist, author. "Jonestown," ch. 2, In Our Time (1980).

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