Journalism is the foundation of fiction, said the late Tom Wolfe
"I'm convinced that, in this day and age more than ever, a novelist must first be a journalist," Tom Wolfe said in 1998.
The prolific writer died on Monday in a New York Hospital. He was 88.
Two decades ago, Wolfe came to the CBC in Toronto to promote his novel, A Man in Full. In this excerpt of his conversation with Michael Enright, he challenges his critics, he reveals his struggle with depression, and he elaborates on his conviction that good reporting is at the heart of all good fiction.
Click 'listen' at the top of the page to hear Michael's conversation with Tom Wolfe from 1998.