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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

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
© Elisabetta A. Villa/Getty Images

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

Madrid, May 2011

GILT MAN Fashion Week Dinner in New York with Tyler Thoreson, Andy Cohen, and Sean Avery, 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

in the news

A new short film by Gaspar Gonzalez chronicles the celebrated writer's 50-year habit of never throwing away a phone number or the story that went with it.

new releases

The Bridge, 50th Anniversary Edition

On sale October 28, 2014 from Bloomsbury

Now in a new, beautifully packaged edition featuring dozens of breathtaking photos and architectural drawings, The Bridge remains both a riveting narrative of politics and courage and a demonstration of Gay Talese's consummate skills as a reporter and storyteller. His memorable narrative will help celebrate the bridge's fiftieth anniversary and captivate a new generation of readers.




1964 © Bruce Davidson / 2014 © Catherine Talese


other books by Gay Talese

A 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.

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works in progress*

2006 © Rafil Kroll-Zaidi

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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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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