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Gay Talese (born February 7, 1932) is an Italian American author. He wrote for The New York Times in the early 1960s and helped to define literary journalism or "new nonfiction reportage", also known as New Journalism. His two most famous articles are about Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra. Talese is currently on faculty at the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California. Talese's 1966 Esquire Magazine article on Frank Sinatra, "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold," is one of the most influential American magazine articles of all time. With what some have called a brilliant structure and pacing, the article focused not just on Sinatra himself but also on Talese's pursuit of his subject. Talese also published his celebrated Esquire Magazine piece about Joe DiMaggio in 1966. It is called "The Silent Season of a Hero" and is also a meditation on how transient is the limelight. When a number of Esquire pieces were collected into a book called Fame and Obscurity Talese paid tribute in its introduction to two writers he admired and mentioned "an aspiration on my part to somehow bring to reportage the tone that Irwin Shaw and John O'Hara had brought to the short story." Gay Talese published his latest book, A Writer's Life in 2006.

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Gay Talese

05.08.06 | 00:56:04 min | 3 comments