Tom Wolfe
Lecture Date: 3-29-1989
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Interview: Journalist and novelist Tom Wolfe is introduced by John Eadie, dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University, and Roy Saper, Community Council member. Saper describes Wolfe's priceless contribution to the writing world with the creation of New Journalism, a unique and innovative style which combines realistic journalism with creative style. Tom Wolfe begins his lecture by discussing the typical path of a writer in the 1960s, i.e. becoming a newspaper journalist in hopes of some day “quitting the business” to become a great novelist. He describes how he began to create his own path and pursue his own dream of integrating the style of fiction writing into non-fiction. In Wolfe’s endeavor to describe American culture, he explains how he inserted himself into situations in order to find different points of view from which to write. The writer’s expressive point of view, language, and style of writing are engaging in his speech, and his contribution to the writing world continues to be prevalent to this day.
Biography: Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, American author and journalist Tom Wolfe obtained fame for his experimental writing style known as New Journalism, introduced in his 1968 novel The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby. Wolfe worked for The Washington Post (where he worked as its Latin American correspondent and won the Washington Newspaper Guild's foreign news prize for his coverage of Cuba) and The New York Herald Tribune. Wolfe has illustrated his own articles, as well as a monthly illustration for Harper's Magazine called "In Our Time.” His controversial works address such contemporary topics as the modern art world and the 1960s radical period.