Firing Line with William F. Buckley “Tom Wolfe and His Critics”

Firing Line Videos, Hoover Institution, taped on January 19, 1999, uploaded to YouTube on March 5, 2015.

Guest: Tom Wolfe


Tom Wolfe had just published his first novel in 11 years, “A Man in Full,” to significant, but not universal, acclaim. Amongst the negative review were ones by John Updike and Norman Mailer because, according to Wolfe, “if this kind of novel, highly detailed realism based on reporting, was to be any sort of new standard, their reputations were in serious trouble.”