Gay Talese

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.

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    A Writer's Life (2006)

    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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    New York: 365 Days (2006)

    Spanning more than 100 years and featuring an introduction by Gay Talese, New York: 365 Days is a spectacular collection of then-and-now photographs from the archives of the New York Times.

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    The Gay Talese Reader (2003)

    The Gay Talese Reader is a compilation of fourteen of Gay Talese's most famous magazine articles, each carefully crafted to create a portrait of an unforgettable personality, place, or moment.

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    The Silent Season of a Hero (2010)

    Chronicling Talese's writing over more than six decades, from high school and college columns to his signature adult journalism — and including several never-before-published pieces, a new introduction by the author, and notes on the background of each piece — The Silent Season of a Hero is a unique and indispensable collection for sports fans and those who enjoy the heights of journalism.