The prolific white suit-clad journalist, novelist and social critic Tom Wolfe died in New York City, age 87. His agent said he had been hospitalized with an infection.

Wolfe's influence is profound on American culture and its lexicon – "the right stuff", "radical chic" and "the Me Decade" (read Wolfe on all three by clicking their respective links) being but three of Wolfe's phrases which demonstrate his exceptional linguistic acumen – it will be felt for time immemorial. His novels "The Right Stuff" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities" both became major Hollywood films in 1983 and 1990 respectfully, Wolfe also wrote 1998's Almost Heroes with the late Chris Farley.

His contributions to American literature were varied and very influential in the '60s and '70s when he wrote "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", "Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers", "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby". These titles put him in a class with other great writers whose titles also became films like Truman Capote (1967’s In Cold Blood) and Norman Mailer (1958’s The Naked and the Dead).

Wolfe was also one of the pioneers of the "New Journalism" after publishing a journalism anthology titled the same, which included articles by Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, Mailer and others. Check out a look at the principles Wolfe and others expounded for the New Journalism here.

Enjoy the trailers for Wolfe's three films below.