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Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine

by Tom Wolfe
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976

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Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine proves again that Wolfe is a brilliant observer of style who is also a master stylist. He shows, also, the range of his gifts-he can write about aerial combat over North Vietnam ("The Truest Sport: Jousting with Sam and Charlie") with as much vividness as he can about the stratosphere of Society. His insight, wit, and panache are, in a word, unequaled, and this new book bears witness to the continuing truth of Seymour Krim's comment about Wolfe's first book, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby: "Tom Wolfe is to contemporary American journalism what the early Salinger was to our fiction-delicious, unexpected, fascinating and super-contemporary . . . At times he seems frighteningly capable of doing anything with non-fiction, to the point of creating an entirely new literature by himself."

And anillustrated literature, on top of that. Wolfe's drawings have appeared in two one-man shows in New York galleries and in the Amon Carter Museum's "Two Hundred Years of American Caricature" exhibition, and he has illustrated this book throughout.

Reviews

"No one is as good as Wolfe on the contradictions between cushy class and angry consciousness . . . There essays . . . offer a lively picture of the surface of our society' one wishes life were this interesting." -Jack Beatty, The Nation "This book serves as a reminder of how often Wolfe's refusal to be respectful toward any subject has produced both illumination and laughter." -Time

"Mr. Wolfe tackles all sorts of subjects ranging from life on an aircraft carrier (brilliantly described) to the goings-on at a convention of National Enquirer freelance writers . . . The master of trivia also offers an underlying theme in his essays and stories: the enormous gap (as he perceives it) between the intellectuals' negative view of America and the positive reality." -Roger Ricklefs, The Wall Street Journal

"It's all right here! Again! The wicked maestro has done it again!" -Tom Nolan, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

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