The Purple Decades: A Reader

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Oct 1, 1982 - Literary Collections - 418 pages
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Tom Wolfe's The Purple Decades brings together the author's own selections from his list of critically acclaimed publications, including the complete text of Mau-Mauing and the Flak Catchers, his account of the wild games the poverty program encouraged minority groups to play.
 

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Excellent essays from one of America's greatest writers and social observers. The Purple Decades spans Wolfe's non-fiction best from the 60s and 70s, including the all-time greats 'Radical Chic' and ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
BOB SPIKE
THE LAST AMERICAN HERO
THE VOICES OF VILLAGE SQUARE
A SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE
THE WOMAN WHO HAS EVERYTHING
THE PUMP HOUSE GANG
THE MIDATLANTIC
ON THE
THESE RADICAL CHIC EVENINGS
MAUMAUING THE FLAK CATCHERS
JOUSTING WITH
THE ME DECADE AND THE THIRD GREAT
THE INTELLIGENT COEDS GUIDE
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About the author (1982)

Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was one of the founders of the New Journalism movement and the author of such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, and Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, as well as the novels The Bonfire of the Vanities, A Man in Full, and I Am Charlotte Simmons. As a reporter, he wrote articles for The Washington Post, the New York Herald Tribune, Esquire, and New York magazine, and is credited with coining the term, “The Me Decade.”

Among his many honors, Tom was awarded the National Book Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence, the National Humanities Medal, and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University, graduating cum laude, and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lived in New York City.

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