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Gay Talese is a bestselling author who has written fourteen books. He was a reporter for the New York Times from 1956 to 1965, and since then he has written for the The New Yorker, Esquire, and other national publications.

Gay Talese was born in Ocean City, New Jersey, and currently lives in New York City. His groundbreaking article "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" was named the "best story Esquire ever published," and he was credited by Tom Wolfe with the creation of an inventive form of nonfiction writing called "The New Journalism."


from the photo archives

Gay Talese, January 2017, ©Robyn Twomey/The Village Voice

Gay Talese, January 2017, ©Robyn Twomey/The Village Voice

Gay Talese near the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., February 2015, © Josh Haner/The New York Times

Gay Talese with Tony Danza at the New York Athletic Club for Table 4 Writers Foundation, March 7, 2013, by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Gay Talese with Joe Girardi © New York Yankees, October 2012

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Attending Tony Bennett's concert at The Metropolitan Opera House, September 2011
© Jill Krementz

Rome, May 2011
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Reading in the Roman Forum before an audience of 1,000, May 2011

Madrid, May 2011

Moscow wiith the opera singer Marina Poplavskaya, the subject of his New Yorker profile, 2010

The Buenos Aires opera house where Poplavskaya performed, 2010

new releases

High Notes

High Notes’ contains all the reasons I’ve been teaching Gay Talese’s work to my students at Yale for a decade, and all the reasons they love it. There are scenes described in such vivid detail you feel you’re standing inside them; peripheral characters whom only Talese would care about and who are far more interesting than the ones in the center; details that no other writer would notice because no one has Talese’s eyes and Talese’s ears. This is glorious journalism.”—Anne Fadiman.


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The Voyeur's Motel

From Grove Atlantic, available wherever books are sold

The Voyeur’s Motel is an extraordinary work of narrative journalism. It is at once an examination of one unsettling man and a portrait of the secret life of the American heartland over the latter half of the twentieth century.


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other books by Gay Talese

The Voyeur's Motel (2016)

Frank Sinatra Has a Cold Photos by Phil Stern (2015)

The Silent Season of a Hero (2010)

The Writer's Life (2006)

The Gay Talese Reader (2003)

The Bridge (revised and updated) (2003)

The Literature of Reality (with Barbara Lounsberry) (1996)

Unto the Sons (1992)

Thy Neighbor's Wife (1980)

Honor Thy Father (1971)

Fame and Obscurity (1970)

The Kingdom and the Power (1969)

The Overreachers (1965)

The Bridge (1964)

New York: A Serendipiter's Journey (1961)



works in progress*

2006 © Rafil Kroll-Zaidi

Gay Talese is progressing with a new book for Knopf, "A Non-Fiction Marriage," based on his half century marriage with Nan Talese, an editor with her own imprint at Doubleday.

A new collection, "High Notes," will be issued in January, 2017, by Bloomsbury, USA.

In 2016 producer Steven Spielberg optioned Mr. Talese's book, "A Voyeur’s Motel," for a film, with Sam Mendes Directing.

In 2017, a film based on Mr. Talese's profile on fighter Floyd Patterson will go into production by Peter Newman.

*The above projects are handled by Talese's agent, Lynn Nesbit of Janklow & Nesbit Associates (

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Gay and Nan Talese in New York, 2009
© Mary Ellen Mark

Talese at Yankee Stadium with former Yankee star Reggie Jackson, before the final game of the post-season Yankees-Detroit Tigers series. Talese's article on Yankees' manager Joe Girardi appeared in the September 24, 2012 issue of The New Yorker.

With Yogi Berra in Montclair, New Jersey, 2002

With Muhammad Ali in Havana, 1996
© Howard L. Bingham

Gore Vidal, Gay Talese, Susan Sontag and Norman Mailer read George Bernard Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell" in a one-night performance benefiting the Actor's Studio at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, February 15, 1993
© Christian Zibach

As Don Juan at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, February 15, 1993
© Christian Zibach

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