Bachelor, Manhattanville College of Sacred Heart, 1955. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Manhattanville, 2003. HHD (honorary), Goncha College, 2007.
Talese is the Senior Vice President of Doubleday. Since 1990, Talese has been the Publisher and Editorial Director of Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, an imprint known for literary excellence. Talese began her editing career at Random House, and later worked at Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin.
Talese has edited many notable authors, including Pat Conroy, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Jennifer Egan, Antonia Fraser, Barry Unsworth, Valerie Martin, and Thomas Keneally.
Talese"s imprint also published James Frey"s controversial memoir, A Million Little Pieces. In 2005, Talese was the recipient 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.".
Married Gay Talese, June 10, 1959. Children: Pamela Frances, Catherine Gay.