Tom Wolfe: A Social Commentary

The leading figure in the New Journalism movement of the 1960s and 70s, Tom Wolfe is renowned for his unconventional writings on American society and culture, such as his near manifesto, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, and later The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, as well as fictional works including The Bonfire of the Vanities and A Man in Full.

Although widely known for his satirical accounts of modern life and cultural observations, Wolfe is far less known for his brilliantly humorous and engaging pen and ink illustrations. Wolfe’s illustrations “recall the palmy days when social caricature flourished in the great European satirical magazines Simplicissimus and L’Assiette au Beurre. His eye for the costumery and gesture of the moment is often as telling as his Pantagruelian appetite for the zaniness of the second half of the twentieth century, which he regards as America’s ‘Elizabethan period, her Bourbon Louis romp, her season of rude animal health and rising sap!’”

Tom Wolfe: A Social Commentary is a comprehensive collection of these original pen and ink drawings that solidify Wolfe’s role as a great American caricaturist.