Prize-winning Author Tom Wolfe to Speak at Yale

Best-selling novelist and social commentator Tom Wolfe will speak about his life as a graduate student at Yale, on Wednesday, October 11, at 4 p.m. in the Law School’s Levinson Auditorium, 127 Wall Street.

Wolfe’s talk is titled “Maggie, a Girl of the Stacks: Confessions of a Yale Graduate Student.” Wolfe is the first speaker in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Tercentennial Lecture Series, “In the Company of Scholars.” His talk is free and open to the public.

Wolfe earned his Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale in 1957 and has continued to explore and comment on contemporary trends in America ever since. He worked as a reporter for several newspapers, including The Washington Post and the New York Herald Tribune. His provocative books of social commentary include “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby” (1965), “The Pump House Gang” and “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” (both 1968).

“Bonfire of the Vanities” (1987)-Wolfe’s first novel-was a best seller, and his second novel, “A Man in Full” (1998), earned critical acclaim. “The Right Stuff” (1979), a study of the first generation of American astronauts, won the American Book Award for general nonfiction and the Columbia Journalism Award. Wolfe explored the world of modern art in his controversial and witty book, “The Painted Word” (1975), and considered the social and intellectual fashions that influence contemporary architecture in “From Bauhaus to Our House” (1981). His writing has been called “wildly entertaining…with an energy and irony all his own.”

Coming soon: a collection of short fiction and essays titled “Hooking Up.” Wolfe’s publisher is Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

The Tercentennial Lecture Series will feature five distinguished alumni of the Graduate School. Future speakers will be graphic designer and political scientist Edward Tufte on November 15, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy on February 2, President of the University of Toronto Robert Birgeneau on April 6, and economist Janet Yellen on October 4, 2001.

A reception in the Hall of Graduate Studies, 320 York Street, will follow each lecture.

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