The Bonfire of the Vanities
An exhilarating satire of Eighties excess that captures the effervescent spirit of New York, from one of the greatest writers of modern American prose
Sherman McCoy is a WASP, bond trader and self-appointed 'Master of the Universe'. He has a fashionable wife, a Park Avenue apartment and a Southern mistress. His spectacular fall begins the moment he is involved in a hit-and-run accident in the Bronx. Prosecutors, newspaper hacks, politicians and clergy close in on him, determined to bring him down.
Exuberant, scandalous and exceptionally discerning, The Bonfire of the Vanities was Tom Wolfe's first venture into fiction and cemented his reputation as the foremost chronicler of his age.
‘The air of New York crackles with an energy that causes the adrenalin to pump… The feeling is perfectly reproduced in Wolfe's novel… Electric’ – Sunday Times
‘The quintessential novel of The Eighties’ – The Guardian
"A noisy satire on Manhattan's Wall Street cash-bloated plutocracy... Hugely readable." John Sutherland The Times
Tom Wolfe (1930-2018) was the author of more than a dozen books, among them
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,
The Right Stuff,
The Bonfire of the Vanities,
A Man in Full,
I Am Charlotte Simmons and
Back to Blood. He received the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.