The Bonfire of the Vanities (Paperback)

Author: Wolfe, Tom

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Sherman McCoy, a young investment banker in Manhattan, finds himself arrested following a freak accident and becomes involved with prosecutors, politicians, the press, and assorted hustlers. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. *Author: Wolfe, Tom *Publication Date: 2008/03/04 *Number of Pages: 685 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25


Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9780312427573
SKU 205140249
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0312427573
Release Date 3/4/2008
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Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe, born Thomas Kennerley, began his writing career as a correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune in the early 1960s, and was an early practitioner of what came to be known as the New Journalism. His works from that period have been collected in THE KANDY-COLORED TANGERINE-FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY (1965) and THE ELECTRIC ACID KOOLAID TEST (1968). He began writing fiction in the 1980s. His best-selling novel, THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES (1987), about the effects of greed and materialism on 1980s New York City, was made into a unsuccessful movie. Wolfe believes that novelists should return to the ambitious social criticism of the great 19th-century writers like Balzac and Dickens.
"A superb human comedy and the first novel ever to get contemporary New York, in all its arrogance and shame and heterogeneity and insularity, exactly right."
"Splendidly written and acutely observed.... No one has portrayed New York Society this accurately and devastatingly since Edith Wharton."
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Annotation Sherman McCoy is an icon for the superficial life of the wealthy in New York City in the 1980s. His world is shaken by a sudden encounter with unexpected fear and danger when he accidently drives his $50,000 Mercedes into the South Bronx. Wolfe's novel touches on every rung of the social and economic ladder of the times, from inner-city communities, to scavenger-like New York reporters, to the daily grind at an Assistant D. A.'s office, to the highest rungs of the Wall Street bond market. First published in 1987, BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES is Tom Wolfe's first novel.
Editors Note Vintage Tom Wolfe, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has portrayed New York Society this accurately and devastatingly since Edith Wharton" (The National Review)
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Number of Pages 0685
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