Articles tagged "The Bonfire of the Vanities"

Remembering Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was a pioneering voice of his generation. We are extremely honored to have published fourteen of his books, including THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIESTHE RIGHT STUFFTHE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST, THE KANDY-KOLORED TANGERINE-FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY, RADICAL CHIC & MAU-MAUING THE FLAK CATCHERS, THE PAINTED WORD, A MAN IN FULL, and I AM CHARLOTTE SIMMONS.

One of the founders of the New Journalism movement (he’s credited with coining the term, “The Me Decade”), and a reporter for The Washington Post, the New York Herald Tribune, Esquire, and New York magazine, Wolfe has been honored with the National Book Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, the National Humanities Medal, and National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. readmoreremove

State of the Nation According to Books

Justin Cartwright (OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY) created an excellent list of ten novels that he believes best encapsulate the state of affairs of their respective societies. His list, published in the Guardian, includes socially poignant literature from Charles Dickens, John Updike, Salman Rushdie (a personal favorite), as well as Tom Wolfe's THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, Marilynne Robinson's HOME, and Jonathan Franzen's FREEDOM.

Justin says, "When nations are undergoing some form of stress, be it financial or ethical or even military, state of the nation novels tend to be more numerous;  they come in many guises, but they have one thing in particular, that they provide a commentary or a judgment on the times." readmoreremove

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