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    Pioneering Author Tom Wolfe Dies at 88

    He had the right stuff. The hugely influential journalist, whose celebrated books include The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Right Stuff, died Monday in a Manhattan hospital. His nonfiction work laid the foundation for a genre that came to be known as New Journalism, using deep reporting and colorful writing to bring readers fascinating and diverse stories — from America’s first astronauts to the burgeoning West Coast counterculture scene of the 1960s. Wolfe is survived by his wife, Sheila, and two children.

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