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  • Published: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409018704
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 688

I Am Charlotte Simmons

Another unputdownable novel from the author of The Bonfire of the Vanities and A Man in Full, both huge bestsellers.

Dupont University - the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition- Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from Sparta, North Carolina, who has come here on a full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time. As Charlotte encounters Dupont's elite - her roommate, Beverly, a fleshy, privileged Brahmin in lusty pursuit of lacrosse players; Jojo Johanssen, the only white starting player on Dupont's godlike basketball team; the Young Turk of Saint Ray fraternity, Hoyt Thorpe, whose heady sense of entitlement and social domination is clinched by his accidental brawl with a bodyguard for the governor of California; and Adam Gellin, one of the Millennium Mutants who run the university's 'independent' newspaper and who consider themselves the last bastion of intellectual endeavour on campus - she gains a new, revelatory sense of her own power, that of her difference and of her very innocence. But little does she realize that she will act as a catalyst in all of their lives.

  • Pub date: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409018704
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 688

About the Author

Tom Wolfe

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.

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Praise for I Am Charlotte Simmons

“A firecracker of a novel... A pyrotechnic delight just as dazzling as The Bonfire of the Vanities”

Sunday Express

“Brilliant... Not just a rollicking comedy of campus misbehaviour but a blistering indictment of contemporary standards”

Mail on Sunday

“Exaggerates and deflates the pretensions of America's future ruling class in hilarious style”

The Economist

“These are Wolfe's most memorable characters and this is his best book yet”

David Isaacson, Word Magazine

“Exuberant, lovingly crafted grotesquery”

Daily Telegraph

“Accessible, as always, it is delivered at a breakneck pace that doesn't let up... Awesome”

Daily Mail

“Wolfe charts Charlotte's descent into this University of Hell with rich, often hilarious detail-Includes wonderful set pieces that reflect America's continuing social meltdown”

Sunday Times

“Our pre-eminent social realist...trains his all-seeing eye on the institution of the American university... Wolfe's rhapsodic prose style finds its perfect target in academia's beer-soaked bacchanals”

Henry Alford, Newsday

“Wolfe is one of the greatest literary stylists and social observers of our much observed postmodern era... A rich, wise, absorbing, and irresistible novel”

Lev Grossman, Time

“Tom Wolfe has scored a slam dunk with his...attention to style, the rule-bending punctuation, the deftness of slang dialogue, and that biting satire”

Steve Garbarino, New York Post

“Wolfe's dialogue is some of the finest in literature, not just fast but deep. He hears the cacophony of our modern lives”

Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

“[A] hilarious, exclamation-point filled novel”

John Freeman, Time Out New York

“Brilliant... I couldn't stop reading it... Tom Wolfe can make words dance and sing and perform circus tricks, he can make the reader sigh with pleasure”

Michael Drida, Washington Post

“A lot of fun... Hilarious”

Francine Prose, Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Tom Wolfe remains a peerless satirist. Alone among our fiction writers he is actively writing the human comedy, American-style, on a grand Dickensian scale”

David Lehman, Bloomburg News

“Scathingly clear-eyed, often very funny take on college life”

Robert Siegal, National Public Radio

“Dazzingly vivid... Tom Wolfe has served up another of his broadly entertaining novels”

Adam Begley, New York Observer

“Captivating... Sit back and enjoy the ride”

Tom Walker, Denver Post

“Tom Wolfe is America's greatest living novelist”

Joseph Bottum, Weekly Standard

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