Gay Talese is a bestselling author who has written eleven books. He was a reporter for the New York Times from 1956 to 1965, and since then he has written for the Times, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, 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."
His most recent book, A Writer's Life, was published by Knopf in 2006 and reissued in trade paperback by The Random House Publishing Group in July 2007. A collection of his sportswriting, The Silent Season of a Hero, was published by Walker & Company in September 2010.
from the photo archives
in the news
March 6, 2015: Fifty years after the police viciously attacked hundreds of marchers in a pivotal moment of the civil rights movement, Selma, Ala. defies neat story lines, Gay Talese reports in The New York Times. (Click here to read Talese's original piece on Selma, which ran in The New York Times Magazine on May 30, 1965, almost three months after the attacks on demonstrators at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.)
July 1, 2014: Gay Talese reminisces about the construction of the Verrazano Bridge with The New York Times.
June 2014: Lesley M. M. Blume profiles Gay Talese for Vanity Fair's "In the Details" feature.
other books by Gay TaleseA Writer's Life
The inner workings of a writer's life, the interplay between experience and writing, are brilliantly recounted by a master of the art. Gay Talese now focuses on his own life — the zeal for the truth, the narrative edge, the sometimes startling precision, that won accolades for his journalism and acclaim for his revelatory books. Candid, humorous, deeply impassioned — A Writer's Life is a dazzling book about the nature of writing in one man's life, and of writing itself.
works in progress*
Gay Talese is progressing with a new book for Knopf, based on his 50-year marriage. Click here to read New York Magazine's profile of Talese, in which he discusses the project.
Gay Talese is under contract to write a story that will become the basis of a forthcoming Warner Brothers film about New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott. The story will center on the African-American matriarchy in a Detroit ghetto who ran interference for the young athlete. Mr. Talese was commissioned by the partners of Unique Features, Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne, and began working on the project in early January 2010, spending a week in Detroit with Scott's grandmother and mother.
Talese is assisting in the forthcoming series "Italians in America" that is being overseen by Jeff Bieber of WETA, the PBS affiliate station for Washington, D.C.
*The above projects are handled by Talese's agent, Lynn Nesbit of Janklow & Nesbit Associates.
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