Bartleby and Me: Reflections of an Old Scrivener

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Mariner Books
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5.7 X 8.68 X 1.15 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

GAY TALESE was credited by Tom Wolfe with the creation of an inventive form of nonfiction writing called "The New Journalism." He spent his early career at the New York Times, then moved to Esquire, where he produced some of the most celebrated magazine pieces ever written, including "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold," which Vanity Fair has called "the greatest literary-nonfiction story of the twentieth century." His books include The Kingdom and the Power, Honor Thy Father, Thy Neighbor's Wife, Unto the Sons, and The Voyeur's Motel. Born in Ocean City, New Jersey, in 1932, Talese lives with his wife, Nan, in New York City. They have two daughters, Pamela and Catherine.


"Talese has been acclaimed as a virtuoso of the novelistic New Journalism. Now 91, he has published a short and charming second memoir. ... meticulously reported. ... fascinating. ...Talese has lost none of his artistry." -- Wall Street Journal

"Talese's conversational style --openhanded, easygoing, characterized by fact-rich yet perfectly balanced sentences -- invites the reader to sit back and relax. His book proved just the right tonic for my downcast spirits." -- Washington Post

"A smooth and enchanting wordsmith, Talese delivers a lovely testament to the 'unobtrusive if not kindred Bartleby personalities' of New York City. It's a delight." -- Publishers Weekly

"New readers will discover an astute observer. . . . Candid testimony from a new-journalism icon." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Bartleby and Me is an ambler, in which [Talese] appears to give his finger to the form by filigreeing a couple of his ironclad hits and then tacking on a new gargoyle of a tale....It's a plot for the ages." -- New York Times Book Review

"Sixty years ago, Talese wrote in Esquire that 'New York is a city of things unnoticed.' He spent the next six decades doing quite a bit of noticing, chronicling the people (and places and moments) that make the city what it is. In his latest, he remembers the 'nobodies' that he's profiled over the course of his career, the cast of characters perhaps who are not as recognizable as, say, Sinatra or Ali, but nevertheless essential threads in our cultural fabric." -- The Millions

"[An] incomparable memoir." -- Air Mail

"All three pieces are written with painterly precision." -- Shelf Awareness (starred review)