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Writer and Journalist, New York

American Academy Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2006


Gay Talese was a reporter for the New York Times from 1956 to 1965, and he is known as one of the pioneers of American literary journalism. Over the decades, Talese’s writing has appeared in the Times, Esquire, New Yorker, Harper’s, and other national publications. He is the author of 11 books, including The Gay Talese Reader: Portraits and Encounters (2003), Unto the Sons (1992), Thy Neighbor’s Wife (1980), Honor Thy Father (1971), and The Kingdom and the Power (1969). His memoir, A Writer’s Life, was published by Knopf in 2006 and by Knaus in 2007. Talese received the 2011 Norman Mailer Prize for Distinguished Journalism.