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The Purple Decades: A Reader

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Tom Wolfe's The Purple Decades brings together the author's own selections from his list of critically acclaimed publications, including the complete text of Mau-Mauing and the Flak Catchers, his account of the wild games the poverty program encouraged minority groups to play.
ebook, 418 pages
Published October 1st 1982 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1982)
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Tom
Nov 01, 2007 Tom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tom Wolfe fans only
There are some great essays in here: "The Last American Hero", for example. There are also some duds. This is Wolfe stroking his mammoth ego by showing how he knows everything about everything, from the New York art scene to the beginnings of NASCAR, from Jasper Johns to Junior Johnson.
Don't waste your time. Only 30% of it is any good.
Thomas
Jan 19, 2008 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foundation-texts
When I read "A Sunday Kind of Love," I knew exactly the kind of writing I wanted to pursue.
Julia Dawson
Oct 29, 2007 Julia Dawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Juliana
Tom Wolfe is the founder of a style called New Journalism, that has seen him writing in publications like Esquire and who knows what else. He has this supernatural ability of pegging American social groups and writes about them as a journalist/ethnographer. This book, a survey of his writing over several decades, changed the way I write.
Ryan Williams
Apr 20, 2015 Ryan Williams rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A sample of Wolfe's essays. By and large, they're shite. Smug, irritating, self satisfied and written in that cluttered 'style' of Wolfe's that tries to mimic every noise in the spectrum, and fails each time.

I don't quite understand why he feels the need to dress like a televangelist either.
Jason Farley
Dec 28, 2011 Jason Farley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't believe I only paid $.50 for this much sheer pleasure and joy filled insightfulness. Great Stuff.
Jeff
Jan 09, 2009 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
Collects most of Wolfe's best essays from the 1960's and 1970's.
Brendan
Jul 16, 2008 Brendan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Old Favourites of New Journalism.
E. Thomas
Too spicy for my palate.
Rebekah Burgess Abramovich
10/06/2012
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Wolfe was educated at Washington and Lee Universities and also at Yale, where he received a PhD in American studies.

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