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Tom Wolfe began his writing career as general assignment reporter in Springfield, Massachusetts, followed by jobs with "The Washington Post," and later the "Herald Tribune "in New York. He has written articles — many of which became books — for publications such as "New York," "Esquire," "Harper's" and "Rolling Stone." His books, which have appeared on The New York Times best-seller list for extended periods of time, include "The Right Stuff" (1979), "The Bonfire of Vanities "(1987) and most recently, "I Am Charlotte Simmons" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004). He is the recipient of the American Book Award for nonfiction, the Columbia Journalism Award and the National Institute of Arts and Letters Harold Vursell Award. Mr. Wolfe lives in New York.