Gay Talese Biography
Gay Talese is an American writer. As a journalist for The New York Times and Esquire magazine during the 1960s, Talese helped to define literary journalism. Talese’s most famous articles are about Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra.
Talese graduated from Ocean City High School in 1949 and went on to a degree from the University of Alabama.
Gay Talese Age
Talese was born on February 7, 1932, in Ocean City, New Jersey, United States. He is 87 years old as of 2019.
Gay Talese Net worth
Talese has an estimated net worth of $100K-1M in 2019. His previous year’s net worth is under review and his source of income is Primary Income Source Non-Fiction Author.
Gay Talese Education
Talese was accepted to the University of Alabama after high school, where his selection of a major was, as he described it, he chose journalism as his college major because it was what he knew. At the university, he became a brother of Phi S9igma Kappa fraternity.
It was here that Talese would begin to employ literary devices more well known for fiction, such as establishing the “scene” with minute details and beginning articles in medias res. During his junior year, Talese became the sports editor for the campus newspaper, Crimson-White, and started a column he dubbed “Sports Gay-zing”, for which he wrote on November 7, 1951:
Gay Talese Personal Life
In 1959, Talese married writer Nan Talese, a New York editor who manages the Nan A. Talese/Doubleday imprint. Their marriage is being documented in a non-fiction book he has been working on since 2007. They have two daughters, Pamela Talese, a painter, and Catherine Talese, a photographer and photo editor. His parents are Italian immigrant.
Gay Talese Books
- The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (1964)
- The Overreachers (1965; compilation of past reportage)
- The Kingdom and the Power (1969)
- Fame and Obscurity (1970; compilation of past reportage)
- Honor Thy Father (1971)
- Thy Neighbor’s Wife (1981)
- Unto the Sons (1992; memoir)
- Writing Creative Nonfiction: The Literature of Reality (1995) (textbook; with Barbara Lounsberry)
- The Gay Talese Reader: Portraits and Encounters (2003; contains material from New York: A Serendipiter’s
- Journey, The Overreachers and Fame, and Obscurity)
- A Writer’s Life (2006; memoir)
- The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese (2010; compilation of past reportage)
- The Voyeur’s Motel (2016)
Gay Talese Frank Sinatra Has A Cold
This is a profile of Frank Sinatra written by Gay Talese for the April 1966 issue of Esquire. The article is one of the most famous pieces of magazine journalism ever written and is often considered not only the greatest profile of Frank Sinatra but one of the greatest celebrity profiles ever written. The profile is one of the seminal works of New Journalism and is still widely read, discussed and studied.
Gay Talese Thy Neighbor’s Wife
This is a non-fictional book by Gay Talese published in 1981 and updated in 2009.
It is an exploration of sexuality in America from after World War II through the 1970s, with a notable discussion of the free love subculture. it provides a snapshot of liberated pre-AIDS sexual morality. In preparation for writing the book, Talese resided for several months at clothing-optional resort Sandstone Retreat.
Gay Talese Newspaper Reporter
After graduating during June 1953, Talese relocated to New York City, yet could only find work as a copyboy. The job was, however, at the esteemed New York Times and Talese arrived for his mundane position nevertheless in handstitched Italian suits. Talese was eventually able to get an article published in the Times, albeit unsigned. In “Times Square Anniversary” (November 2, 1953), Talese interviewed the man, Herbert Kesner, Broadcast Editor, who was responsible for managing the headlines that flash across the famous marquee above Times Square.
Gay Talese Magazine Reporter
Talese’s first piece for the magazine Esquire – a series of scenes in the city – appeared in a special New York issue during July 1960. 23 When the Times newspaper unions had a work stoppage during December 1962, Talese had plenty of time to watch rehearsals for production by Broadway director Joshua Logan for an Esquire profile. As Carol Polsgrove indicates in her history of Esquire during the 1960s, it was the kind of reporting he liked to do best: “just being there, observing, waiting for the climactic moment when the mask would drop and true character would reveal itself.
Gay Talese Gerald Foos
Gerald Foos is the former owner of the Manor House Motel, which operated in Aurora, Colorado. He was the subject of Gay Talese’s 2016 article “The Voyeur’s Motel” in The New Yorker, in which Talese disclosed that Foos was a long time voyeur of people staying in his hotel, having installed grilles in the ceiling of most of the rooms that enabled him to view his guests without their knowledge. Foos’ observational focus was the sexual activities of those staying at the Manor House. Both Talese’s publication of the article and Foos’ actions sparked controversy.