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Tom Wolfe and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Tom Wolfe is one of the most influential journalists of our time His works have revolutionized the way we look at pop culture and the figures that drive it such as Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters He has published many novels and he shows no signs of slowing down Tom Wolfe was born and raised in Richmond VA He was educated at Washington and Lee University where he obtained his bachelors degree in 1951 and Yale University where he got his PhD in American studies in 1957Wolfe 417 In December of 1956 he took his first serious journalism job as a reporter on the Springfield Union in Massachusetts This was the first step in a ten-year newspaper career as a general assignment reporter In 1962 Wolfe became a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune While still working at the Tribune he penned his first book a collection of articles about the flamboyant Sixties written for New York and Esquire and published in 1965 as The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamlined Baby Tom Wolfe The book became a best seller and pushed Wolfe to the forefront of experiments in nonfiction that later became known as the New Journalism Tom Wolfe IN 1968 he published two bestsellers on the same day The Pump House Gang made up of mare articles about life in the sixties and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test a nonfiction story of the hippie era In 1970 he published Radical Chick Mau-Mauing the Flack Catchers a highly controversial book about racial friction in America The first section was a detailed account of a party Leonard Bernstein gave for the black panthers in his Park Avenue duplex and the second portrayed the inner workings of the governments poverty program Tom Wolfe Even more controversial was Wolfes 1975 book on the American art world The Painted Word The art world was in an
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