In the 1960s and the 1970s Tom Wolfe rose to fame as the foremost chronicler of the gaudiest period in American history. It began at a hot rod and custom car show where he marvelled at the little nest of pink angora angel's hair used for the purpose of "glamourous" display. It grew - with his fascination for the Las Vegas-style neon sculpture boom ...
In the 1960s and the 1970s Tom Wolfe rose to fame as the foremost chronicler of the gaudiest period in American history. It began at a hot rod and custom car show where he marvelled at the little nest of pink angora angel's hair used for the purpose of "glamourous" display. It grew - with his fascination for the Las Vegas-style neon sculpture boom and its electro-pastel surge through the suburbs - into "the kandy-kolored tangerine - flake streamline baby" and the new journalism was born. Wolfe's innovations in style, his feats as a reporter and his insights into sections of America which now had the money to build monuments to their enthusiasms, dominated a period of widespread experimentaiton in the writing of non-fiction. This book describes this period in Wolfe's life.
B & W Illustrations. Near Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo; [i-vii], viii-xv, [1-3], 4-396,  pages A first printing of the first edition with publisher's remainder mark in Fine dust-jacket, signed by author Tom Wolfe directly on the front fly leaf. Price sticker on back of dust-jacket; It was in the 1960s and 1970s, those purple decades, that Tom Wolfe rose to fame as one of the late-twentieth-century pioneers of American literature. He became the foremost chronicler of the gaudiest period in American history; Remainder.
Good in good dust jacket. UK first impression. SIGNED to title page. VG-with a slight lean and wrinkling to spine cloth. The jacket is Good overall with a couple of tears and some light general wear. Jonathan Cape 1983. 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0.
Fine in dark blue cloth with a purple panel, gold lettering in a near fine mauve slipcase (some sunning to the slipcase as is common with this title) SIGNED or inscribed by author-HC 1st ed-Selections of some of his best writing from his earlier books-those dealing with 'purple decades' of the 60s and 70s-illustrated with drawings by the author. #67 of 450 numbered copies SIGNED by the author. Introduction by Joe David Bellamy. xv, 393 pp.
Fine in Near Fine jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author(s) Fine copy in a Near Fine Jacket First English Edition. Faded at the extremities. Signed on Tile-page by The Author with drawing. Rare Copy.
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