In 2016, he told the Telegraph: “I think young people today probably look back on that period in the Sixties in much the same way as I look back on the 1890s, but it was a very wild time.”
Unlike the hippies and drag racers he wrote about, Wolfe cut a classical, even pretentious figure in his trademark white suits. Although he described himself as “neo-pretentious”, his Southern Gent style was initially an accident, not an affection. He joined the Herald Tribune during a typical New York summer, so purchased a white suit as the convention of the time dictated. However, the fabric was quite heavy, so a cash-strapped Wolfe took to wearing it in the winter too.