Tom Wolfe.
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Tom Wolfe, who died Tuesday at the age of 88, was the last American prophet. He seemed to know it, too, if the white suit is any indication.

For six decades he chronicled the United States of America with his steady eye for detail and rich diction. Twain captured his era in his fiction, Mencken in his journalism. Wolfe did both, often at the same time. But he went a step further than his literary forbears. He not only diagnosed correctly what was happening in America, but predicted where we were heading.

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