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This edition was published in by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in [New York.

Written in English

339 pages

"In his first book—a collection that launched its author as America's foremost entertainer with something to say—Tom Wolfe took a sharp-eyed look at the American scene of the early 1960s and zeroed in on the exotic forms of status-seeking that flourished across the country from New York to Los Angeles.

He observed the emergence of intriguing art forms and styles of life that had nothing to do with the "elite" culture of the past. In the Low Rent world of the Twist, bouffant hairdos, stock car racing, and rock concerts he found not only a uniquely American energy but also an American aesthetic. In the title piece Wolfe eulogized the flamboyant kustomized kars that California teenagers designed and constructed with a single-minded artistic dedication. And through his eyes we see this new world's most stupendous manifestation: the back-lit plastic city of Las Vegas—"apart from Versailles the only architecturally uniform city in the Western World."

Wolfe also sized up the defenses that the old guard rallied against this rising tide of barbarism. Whether in fashion, nightlife, child-rearing, or art-worship, its struggle to find new forms to preserve its status against the proles received ruthless and hilarious scrutiny.

Illustrated by the author's own "Metropolitan Sketchbook," The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby was a dazzling debut." - from tomwolfe.com

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The kandy-kolored tangerine-flake streamline baby.
1965, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby

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""What is all this hernia hernia stuff?""

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"In his first book—a collection that launched its author as America's foremost entertainer with something to say—Tom Wolfe took a sharp-eyed look at the American scene of the early 1960s and zeroed in on the exotic forms of status-seeking that flourished across the country from New York to Los Angeles.

He observed the emergence of intriguing art forms and styles of life that had nothing to do with the "elite" culture of the past. In the Low Rent world of the Twist, bouffant hairdos, stock car racing, and rock concerts he found not only a uniquely American energy but also an American aesthetic. In the title piece Wolfe eulogized the flamboyant kustomized kars that California teenagers designed and constructed with a single-minded artistic dedication. And through his eyes we see this new world's most stupendous manifestation: the back-lit plastic city of Las Vegas—"apart from Versailles the only architecturally uniform city in the Western World."

Wolfe also sized up the defenses that the old guard rallied against this rising tide of barbarism. Whether in fashion, nightlife, child-rearing, or art-worship, its struggle to find new forms to preserve its status against the proles received ruthless and hilarious scrutiny.

Illustrated by the author's own "Metropolitan Sketchbook," The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby was a dazzling debut." - from tomwolfe.com

The kandy-kolored tangerine-flake streamline baby.

This edition was published in by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in [New York.


Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
309.173
Library of Congress
E169.1 .W685

The Physical Object

Pagination
xvii, 339 p.
Number of pages
339

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL5947139M
Internet Archive
kandykoloredtang00wolf
LC Control Number
65019050
Library Thing
1604399

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