Tom Wolfe

Legendary Author & Social Chronicler

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One of the most requested speakers in the nation, Wolfe’s presentation has delighted some of the world’s most prestigious corporations, associations and universities. With his current lecture program he delivers a tour-de-force assessment of our society’s cultural mind-set.

His comments had a strong and positive impact on our Red Cross attendees; in fact, he wowed them! He challenged us to think about our society and the issues before us in ways that we rarely have experienced before.

- American Red Cross

About Tom Wolfe

For over three decades he has chronicled and forecast American culture with a wit and insight that eludes most futurists. His runaway best seller The Bonfire of the Vanities stands as a brilliant evocation of both the peculiar class structure and politics of New York City, and the economic excesses of the 1980s. His novel, A Man in Full, received both outstanding critical and popular success. Hailed by Time and The Wall Street Journal as even better than its phenomenally successful predecessor, it had an unprecedented first-run printing of 1.2 million copies and was nominated for the National Book Award four weeks prior to publication. As Newsweek states, “no writer, reporter or novelist, is getting our world on paper better than Tom Wolfe.”

Wolfe’s most recent novel Back to Blood, released in Fall 2012 and published under Little, Brown, and Co., is a “Bonfire”-like tour of Miami, taking on “class, family, wealth, race, crime, sex, corruption, and ambition.”  A full length documentary was released at the same time as the book entitled Blood Lines, telling the story of how Wolfe researched the novel in Miami.

In I Am Charlotte Simmons, Wolfe takes on the hallowed halls of America’s modern university, from jocks to mutants, dormcest to tailgating, plus race, class, sex and basketball. When beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons arrives at DuPont University, she finds that sex, drugs and kegs trump academic achievement every time. A scathing assessment of our nation’s higher education, I Am Charlotte Simmons tackles some of the most pressing issues of our time.

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  • The New Century and the Spirit of the Age

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