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Man of the Hour: Tom Wolfe

The Boundary-Pushing Writer and Journalist Dies at 88

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Tom Wolfe, the singular writer behind genre-breaking works of nonfiction like The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Right Stuff, as well as canonical novels like The Bonfire of the Vanities, died on Monday in Manhattan, at the age of 88. As much as any other writer of his time, he was responsible for establishing the New Journalism of the 1960s, a novelistic form of reportage that's still en vogue today. Matching the boldness of his work was the fortitude of his style: bespoke white suits, spats, a thing for pinstripes, silk pocket squares, loud ties, the occasional hat—a manner of dress he described to friends, jokingly or not, as "neo-pretentious." 

In honor of Wolfe, we're remembering the man through some of his best looks...

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