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Reaction to the death of Tom Wolfe

May 15, 2018

CORRECTS AGE TO 88 - FILE - In this July 26, 2016 file photo, American author and journalist Tom Wolfe, Jr. appears in his living room during an interview about his latest book, "The Kingdom of Speech," in New York. Wolfe died at a New York City hospital. He was 88. Additional details were not immediately available. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Some reaction to the death of journalist and author Tom Wolfe.

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“He was an incredible writer. And you couldn’t imitate him. When people tried it was a disaster. They should have gotten a job at a butcher’s shop.” — Gay Talese, in an interview.

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“What I hope people know about him is that he was a sweet and generous man. Not just a great writer but a great soul. He didn’t just help me to become a writer. He did it with pleasure.” — Michael Lewis, in an email.

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“Tom Wolfe has died. His work changed my life and convinced me to write nonfiction. Fare thee well, Tom.” — Susan Orlean, via Twitter.

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“RIP Tom Wolfe a gentleman, a first-rate writer, and a great interview. I spoke with him several times and enjoyed every meeting. I read his work voraciously in my 20s and he was critical in helping me learn how to write. He will be missed.” — Toure via Twitter.

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“So sad to hear of Tom Wolfe’s passing. What a talent! One of a kind. One of the kindest, most delightful people I’ve ever met, ever interviewed. RIP.” — Laura Ingraham, via Twitter.

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“RIP the peerless Tom Wolfe. How I shall miss that swirling script on the handwritten notes, the flair of your white suit entering a room! Wish we could have read you on the Met Ball. You were the best of the best.” — Tina Brown, via Twitter.

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“It’s important to stress that Wolfe came on the scene when the writing style of published works was tightly controlled by a small cadre of editors & assorted gatekeepers. You simply weren’t allowed to write in the “anything goes” manner that is now everywhere on the web.” — Ted Gioia, via Twitter.

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