Gay Talese is an American non-fiction author, who works for Esquire and The New York Times as a writer during the 1960s. His most famous articles are about Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio. He is the son of Joseph Talese, a tailor and Catherine DePaolo, a buyer for Brooklyn department store. Every spring, Talese served as a visiting writer at the master of professional writing program at the University of Southern California.
In 2011, Gay Talese was awarded the Norman Mailer Prize. He has written fifty-five 'High School Highlights' columns and general stories, both in his senior and junior year. He became a double columnist for his sentinel-ledger during his senior year. Born into an Italian-American family, Talese is an active member of National Italian American Foundation, which hosted a writer’s series in his name. He married a writer, Nan Talese in 1959 and are blessed with two daughters named Pamela Talese and Catherine Talese.