Tom Wolfe's America: Heroes, Pranksters, and Fools

Tom Wolfe's America: Heroes, Pranksters, and Fools

by Kevin T. McEneaney

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Overview

Tom Wolfe's America: Heroes, Pranksters, and Fools by Kevin T. McEneaney

While The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities remain perhaps his best-known works, Tom Wolfe's journalism and fiction continues to enjoy a large audience, perhaps chiefly because of the variety of his subjects and his controversial approach to them. Here, McEneaney offers an account of the man and his works, explaining along the way Wolfe's use of irony, his obsessive themes, and even his use of pranks. More comprehensive in scope than any preceding book on Wolfe, it offers accurate and accessible commentary based upon what Wolfe admits about his own work.

In this new book, Wolfe's work is put in journalistic and literary context. The reliability of Wolfe's journalism is discussed, especially when there are alternative narrations to events he has depicted. McEneaney also examines the Wolfe's use of pranks that he plays on readers at times, and uncovers the influences on Wolfe that have contributed to his unique style. Finally, the author discusses Wolfe's impact on other writers. Readers will gain access into Wolfe's world through this detailed and colorful work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313365454
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 358 KB

About the Author

Kevin T. McEneaney is the author of two books, The Enclosed Garden and longing, which has been translated into French and Japanese. He has published over 50 encyclopedia articles and is the Co-editor of The Irish Literary Supplement. He teaches at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Rockland County, New York.

What People are Saying About This

David Stanford

"Impressive. Makes me want to read more of Tom Wolfe."

Dr. Debra M. Szybinski

"This is a seminal study-one that should be required reading in college courses on American literature. Displaying a dazzling command of writers and writing from antiquity to modern times, Mr. McEneaney navigates the complexities of Wolfe's characters in a journey that leads us ultimately to an understanding of that most elusive character, Mr. Wolfe himself. A virtuoso performance!"

Bob BaldockProducer

"Kevin McEneaney hits the nail smack on the cuticle with his refreshingly readable study of Tom Wolfe's work, itself a social and literary history of one of America's most colorfully anarchic stretches. McEneaney portrays both Wolfe and Wolfe's subject with the thoughtful depth both merit."

Bob Baldock Producer

"Kevin McEneaney hits the nail smack on the cuticle with his refreshingly readable study of Tom Wolfe's work, itself a social and literary history of one of America's most colorfully anarchic stretches. McEneaney portrays both Wolfe and Wolfe's subject with the thoughtful depth both merit."

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