Nan A. Talese

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Nan A. Talese
Nan Talese at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Nan Talese at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born December 19, 1933
Occupation Editor, publisher
Spouse(s) Gay Talese
Children 2

Nan Talese (née Ahearn;[1] born December 19, 1933) [2] is an American editor and a veteran of the New York publishing industry.[3][4]


Talese is Senior Vice President of Doubleday and the Publisher and since 1990 has been Editorial Director of Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, an imprint known for literary excellence. She began her editing career at Random House and later at Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin. She has edited many notable authors, including Pat Conroy, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Jennifer Egan, Antonia Fraser, Barry Unsworth, Valerie Martin, and Thomas Keneally. Her imprint also published James Frey's controversial memoir A Million Little Pieces.[3]

Talese was the recipient in 2005 of the very first Maxwell Perkins Award, given by the Center for Fiction. The award was established to "honor the work of an editor, publisher, or agent who over the course of his or her career has discovered, nurtured and championed writers of fiction in the United States. This award is dedicated to Maxwell Perkins in celebration of his legacy as one of the country’s most important editors." [5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1959, Talese married writer Gay Talese, a marriage that is being documented in a non-fiction book by her husband, who has been working on the book since 2007.[6][7] They have two daughters, Pamela Talese, a painter, and Catherine Talese, a photographer and photo editor.[8]


  1. ^ "Gay Talese's New Sexpose Leaves Him $4 Million Richer—and, Somehow, Still Married". People. April 14, 1980. Retrieved January 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ Welsh, James M. (2010). The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia. Google Books: Scarecrow Press. p. 246. ISBN 978-0810876507. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Oprah vs. James Frey: The Sequel". TIME. July 30, 2007. Retrieved September 11, 2009. 
  4. ^ Celia McGee (December 1, 2010). "Once an Editor, Now the Subject". The New York Times. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Perkins Award Winners". Center for Fiction. 
  6. ^ "A Nonfiction Marriage". New York. April 26, 2009. Retrieved September 11, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Talese's memoir details his writing travails". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. May 16, 2006. Retrieved September 11, 2009. 
  8. ^ Jonathan Van Meter (May 4, 2009). "A Nonfiction Marriage". New York Magazine. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 

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