Writers House Fellow: Gay Talese

Gay Talese, a best-selling author whose work helped establish a new category known as The New Journalism, has been named as the first Kelly Writers House Fellow. He will teach in the spring term but will be on campus this fall for a lunchtime talk November 11 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Writer's House.

Under a grant from alumnus Paul Kelly, Mr. Talese will teach an undergraduate seminar on "Literary Non-fiction" (English 285), in spring1999, meeting with students outside class hours to critique their work. Among other readings, some course material will likely be drawn from Mr. Talese's 1996 anthology, The Literature of Reality (Harper Collins). [More on the course is at www.english.upenn.edu/~wh/events/talese.]

Gay Talese is especially known for his book on the history and influence of The New York Times, titled The Kingdom and the Power (1969); Honor Thy Father (1971), Thy Neighbor's Wife (1980), and Unto the Sons (1992).

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 9, October 27, 1998