Contributors: Nov. 2, 1998

PAUL GRAY has spent 24 years at TIME reviewing and writing about such authors as John Updike, John Cheever and Toni Morrison, but he says this week's story on Tom Wolfe was one of his most intimidating endeavors. "I was nervous about interviewing Wolfe because he is a superb interviewer himself," admits Gray. "And then there's the issue of what to wear." Gray put on his best suit to meet the author, whom he found "extraordinarily gracious and extremely well dressed." Gray, who on average reads three books a week, says Wolfe's latest novel, A Man in Full, offers "a deep...

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