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Title:A Writer's Life
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Gay Talese
Publisher:Knopf
ISBN:0679410961
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:448
Category:Writing, Non fiction, Journalism, Biography, Memoir

A Writer's Life by Gay Talese

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Writer's Life 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 i The New York Times The Kingdom and the Power i the Mafia i Honor Thy Father i the sex industry i Thy Neighbor s Wife i and focusing on his own family the American immigrant experience i Unto the Sons i i i 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 i The New York Times i his desire to write on a larger canvas which led him to magazine writing at i Esquire i 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

The Kingdom and the Power: Behind the Scenes at The New York Times: The Institution That Influences the World, A Writer's Life, Unto the Sons, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold and Other Essays, Fame and Obscurity, Thy Neighbor's Wife, The Voyeur's Motel, Honor Thy Father, The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, The Gay Talese Reader: Portraits and Encounters