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The Resource A writer's life, Gay Talese

A writer's life, Gay Talese

Label
A writer's life
Title
A writer's life
Statement of responsibility
Gay Talese
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 best-sellerdom and acclaim for his revelatory books about The New York Times (The Kingdom and the Power), the Mafia (Honor Thy Father), the sex industry (Thy Neighbor's Wife), and, focusing on his own family, the American immigrant experience (Unto the Sons). How has Talese found his subjects? What has stimulated, blocked, or inspired his writing? Here are his amateur beginnings on his college newspaper; his professional climb at The New York Times; his desire to write on a larger canvas, which led him to magazine writing at Esquire and then to books. We see his involvement with issues of race from his student days in the Deep South to a recent interracial wedding in Selma, Alabama, where he once covered the fierce struggle for civil rights. Here are his reflections on the changing American sexual mores he has written about over the last fifty years, and a striking look at the lives--and their meaning--of Lorena and John Bobbitt. He takes us behind the scenes of his legendary profile of Frank Sinatra, his writings about Joe DiMaggio and heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson, and his interview with the head of a Mafia family. But he is at his most poignant in talking about the ordinary men and women whose stories led to his most memorable work. In remarkable fashion, he traces the history of a single restaurant location in New York, creating an ethnic mosaic of one restaurateur after the other whose dreams were dashed while a successor's were born. And as he delves into the life of a young female Chinese soccer player, we see his consuming interest in the world in its latest manifestation. In these and other recollections and stories, Talese gives us a fascinating picture of both the serendipity and meticulousness involved in getting a story. He makes clear that every one of us represents a good one, if a writer has the curiosity to know it, the diligence to pursue it, and the desire to get it right. Candid, humorous, deeply impassioned--a dazzling book about the nature of writing in one man's life, and of writing itself."--Publisher's website
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Talese, Gay
Dewey number
  • 808.0092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN4874.T216
LC item number
A3 2006
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Talese, Gay
  • Journalists
Label
A writer's life, Gay Talese
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
62118423
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
429 pages
Isbn
9780679410966
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005044751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780679410966
Label
A writer's life, Gay Talese
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
62118423
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
429 pages
Isbn
9780679410966
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005044751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780679410966

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