Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Fame and Obscurity” as Want to Read:
Fame and Obscurity
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Fame and Obscurity

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  192 ratings  ·  11 reviews
"Fascinating . . . Poignant." The Wall Street Journal

In this extraordinary work of insight and interviews, bestselling author Gay Talese shares with us the lives of those we don't know and those we might wish we did: Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Manhattan mobsters, Bowery bums, and many others -- fascinating men and women who define our country's spirit and lead us to an u
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Ivy Books (first published 1970)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Fame and Obscurity, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Fame and Obscurity

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 381)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Na faculdade de Jornalismo tive a grande sorte de ter tido aula com Marcos Faerman, autor de um dos melhores textos já publicados na imprensa brasileira. Confesso que foram as aulas mais anárquicas da Cásper Líbero, mas sempre marcadas por grandes indicações de livros. "Aos Olhos da Multidão" (título em português) foi um deles. Na época era um livro raro, somente encontrado em sebos ou distribuído obscuramente em fotocópias. Felizmente a publicação foi reeditada no Brasil com outro nome, "Fama e ...more
Excelent book. An original view about the big city, talking about the anonymous, the unknown, the ones that live right under the surface. A Masterpiece!
Jim Lane
Fame and Obscurity is made up a three parts; the first 2 are comprised of Talese's first two books, New York: A Serendipiter's Journey and The Bridge, and the 3rd part is a collection of articles he wrote for Esquire magazine which are also collected in The Gay Talese Reader (with the exception of The Ethics of Frank Costello, which is published exclusively in this volume, as far as I know). This is a great book for getting acquainted with early Talese and also becoming familiar with some of the ...more
Annelise L'Estrange
Best journalism book EVER. Gay Talese is a genius and makes his 535 pages looks like they're only 100.

My faovrite part was Frank Sinatra's profile. I couldn't imagine that he was like that... I mean, it's not because he could that he should had... Anyway.

The weird new york profissions were funny to know. I laughed a lot in this part.
As I thought the brigde stories were the deepest part. Somwehow, that workers stories just touched me a lot.

I highly recommend it! :D
Michael Lipsey
Gay on celebrities is not that interesting, but the chapters on the ironworkers are fascinating. Especially when he hangs with the Indians, daring, drinking, going back to the res every weekend even though it is a six hour drive, just to spend a few hours with their families. And the tragic accidents that are part of their lives. And the boomers who go all over the country to put up high steel. Definitely a good read.
My favorite professor in college made us read this book of short fictional tales if you will. He was in his younger brasher days a writer for Rolling Stone and interviewed Jimmy friggin' Hendrix. And he told me that 'I had the stuff kid.' He, and this book, changed my life forever.
Chris Brock
Pretty dang good stuff. The first half of the book is about real people. The second half of the book is about celebrities--people who are non real. The last chapter in the book about the obituary writer is so good.
I had to read this book for my literary journalism class in college. I revisit it every year. The stories are tremendous. I aspire to be the kind of writer Talese is.
May 03, 2007 Joshua rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: new yorkers
Shelves: nyc, journalism
this guy could make the phone book interesting. to prove it, he has written a fascinating essay about the phone book.
Jun 28, 2007 Ira rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lots of People
This book rocks. Portraits of Sinatra, NYC Doormen, and the crazy fucks that assembled the Verazano Bridge.
Gabriela Loureiro
Very important one for journalists.
Mediana marked it as to-read
Jan 27, 2015
Daniela marked it as to-read
Jan 22, 2015
Kira marked it as to-read
Jan 03, 2015
Arturo Macias
Arturo Macias marked it as to-read
Jan 03, 2015
Anna Rose
Anna Rose marked it as to-read
Dec 23, 2014
Zhuo Xing
Zhuo Xing marked it as to-read
Dec 07, 2014
Ömer Kılıç
Ömer Kılıç marked it as to-read
Dec 06, 2014
Elou marked it as to-read
Dec 04, 2014
A.logan marked it as to-read
Dec 01, 2014
Emily Almeida
Emily Almeida marked it as to-read
Nov 06, 2014
Alessandra Azevedo
Alessandra Azevedo marked it as to-read
Oct 31, 2014
Lauren Chaplin
Lauren Chaplin marked it as to-read
Oct 27, 2014
Devin marked it as to-read
Oct 21, 2014
Nina marked it as to-read
Oct 17, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 12 13 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Rota 66
  • New York Stories: Landmark Writing from Four Decades of New York Magazine
  • The Best American Essays 2004
  • The Best American Travel Writing 2001
  • Joe Gould's Secret
  • The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging
  • Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students, and Their High School
  • Olga - A vida de Olga Benario Prestes, judia comunista entregue a Hitler pelo governo de Vargas
  • Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker
  • Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts
  • The Way We Lived Then: Recollections of a Well-Known Name Dropper
  • Letter to D
  • The John McPhee Reader (John McPhee Reader, #1)
  • Gone to New York: Adventures in the City
  • The New American Poetry, 1945-1960
  • The Best American Essays 2005
  • O Anjo Pornográfico: A Vida de Nelson Rodrigues
  • Memorial de Aires
Gay Talese is an American author. He wrote for The New York Times in the early 1960s and helped to define literary journalism or "new nonfiction reportage", also known as New Journalism. His most famous articles are about Joe DiMaggio, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
More about Gay Talese...
Thy Neighbor's Wife The Gay Talese Reader: Portraits and Encounters Honor Thy Father The Kingdom and the Power: Behind the Scenes at The New York Times: The Institution That Influences the World Unto the Sons

Share This Book