TALESE, GAY, 1932-

Journalist; writer. Born Gaetano Talese, Ocean City, New Jersey, February 7, 1932. Parents– Joseph Francis and Catherine Talese. Married Nan Ahearn, June 10, 1959. Children–two. Education–University of Alabama, B.A., 1953.   Staff member New York Times, 1953-65  (began as copy boy and became reporter).  Free lance writer after 1965.  Wrote for Esquire and other journals. Pioneer of the “new journalism”:  applied the techniques of fiction to non-fiction writing. Member PEN; Authors League of America; National Italian American Foundation.  Best Sports Stories Award from E.P.Dutton, 1967; Christopher Book Award, 1970; Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Journalism, 2011.


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The Bridge.  Harper, 1964.

Fame and Obscurity.  World Publishing, 1970.

Honor Thy Father.  World Publishing, 1971.

The Kingdom and the Power.  World Publishing Company. 1969.

New York: A Serendipiter’s Journey.  Harper, 1961.

The Overreachers.  Harper, 1965.

Thy Neighbor’s Wife.  Doubleday, 1980.

Unto the Sons.  Knopf, 1992.

A Writer’s Life.  Knopf, 2006.


Writing Creative Nonfiction: The Literature of Reality.  HarperCollins, 1995.


The Best American Essays 1987.  Ticknor and Fields, 1987.