Tom Wolfe has several traits in common with Samuel Clemens - better known as Mark Twain. Both developed their writing skills in the ranks of journalism. Wolfe did his apprentice work on a large metropolitan daily, The New York Herald Tribune. Twain found newspaper work on the western frontier. Both developed great interest in their worlds and the inventions of their times. Twain was a steamboat captain who wrote about the wonders of his age, such as the mighty Mississippi. He was fascinated by invention and became enmeshed in projects. Wolfe has written expert commentaries on souped-up cars, the drug culture, "right stuff" aviators, and modern painting and architecture. Wolfe's admiration for Twain even led him so far as to adopt Twain's style of dress, the white suit, for his early public appearances.
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"Cannibalism as Satire in Twain and Tom Wolfe,"
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