Pen name of Thomas Kennerly, Jr (1931-) US journalist and novelist. In the 1960s he was a founder of the “New Journalism”, which brought fiction’s methods to reportage. Wolfe recorded US mores and fashions in pop-style essays in, for example, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby 1965. His sharp social eye is applied to the New York of the 1980s in his novel The Bonfire of the Vanities 1988 (filmed 1990).
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Wolfe graduated from Yale University and worked as a journalist for both newspapers and magazines. He also wrote The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test 1968; Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers 1970; The Painted Word 1975, about art; The Right Stuff 1979, about the first US astronauts (filmed 1983); and From Bauhaus to Our House 1981, about modern architecture. The Bonfire of the Vanities was filmed 1990.
Charles 1791-1823 Irish poet
(Clayton) (1900-1938) US novelist. He is noted for the unrestrained rhetoric and emotion of his prose style. He wrote four long and hauntingly powerful autobiographical novels, mostly of the South: Look Homeward, Angel 1929, Of Time and the River 1935, The Web and the Rock 1939, and You Can’t Go Home Again 1940 (the last two published posthumously).
Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Wolfe studied playwriting at the University of North Carolina and Harvard University. He settled in New York City, with hopes of becoming a dramatist. His first novel, Look Homeward, Angel, was a realistic, brutal view of the South and Southern family life, the result of six years of work with Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins. He also wrote The Story of a Novel 1936 and the short-story collections From Death to Morning 1935 and The Hills Beyond 1941.
(1727-1759) British soldier who served in Canada and commanded a victorious expedition against the French general Montcalm in Québec on the Plains of Abraham, during which both commanders were killed. The British victory established their supremacy over Canada.
Wolfe fought at the battles of Dettingen, Falkirk, and Culloden. With the outbreak of the Seven Years' War (the French and Indian War in North America), he was posted to Canada and played a conspicuous part in the siege of the French stronghold of Louisburg 1758. He was promoted to major general 1759.
(1931-) US writer. He is known for the science-fiction series The Book of the New Sun 1980–83, with a Surrealist treatment of stock themes, and for the urban fantasy Free, Live Free 1985.