Tom Wolfe quit daily journalism after six years because he was disillusioned with the "pale beige tone" of journalism.
In 1963, unable to complete an article on Californian customized cars for Esquire, he wrote up his notes to give to another writer in a long, detailed stream of consciousness. The editor, Byron Dobell, ran Wolfe's notes exactly as they were and the high-octane Wolfe prose style was born.
Wolfe's most recent novel, "A Man in Full" was just published in paperback.
-- A Reader's Guide to Twentieth Century Writers