Tom Wolfe


Tom Wolfe was the recipient of the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2011.

Throughout out his long career as a journalist, novelist and cultural critic, Mr. Wolfe has been an astute observer of American life and art. His criticism of a bankrupt art establishment began with The Painted Word (1975) and continued with an analysis of modern American architecture, From Bauhaus to Our House (1981). Mr. Wolfe has been an articulate supporter of the contemporary revival of Realism and of a return to quality and tradition in the arts.

After graduating from YaleUniversitywith a Ph.D. in American Studies in 1957, Mr. Wolfe worked as a reporter for The Washington Post, New York Herald-Tribune and New York magazine. In a series of groundbreaking nonfiction literary experiments, he chronicled society during the 1960s and 1970s with The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965), The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers (1970) and The Right Stuff. His first novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities (1987), was the definitive representation of the period’s greed and crassness.

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