Capote: A Biography

Capote: A Biography Author Gerald Clarke
ISBN-10 1439187509
ISBN-13 9781439187500
Year 2010-09-21
Pages 656
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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An American original Truman Capote was one of the best writers of his generation a superb and almost matchless stylist His short stories made him a literary celebrity while still in his teens and for the next thirty years he was a comet of genius fame and finally self destruction His first novel Other Voices Other Rooms published in 1948 was followed ten years later by Breakfast at Tiffanys which introduced to the world one of American literatures most endearing heroines the irrepressible Holly Golightly In the 1960s came the phenomenal success of In Cold Blood a true crime story whose novelistic techniques have influenced non fiction writers ever since A much sought after dinner guest among the rich and famous Capote reciprocated in 1966 with a party that made headlines his black and white ball at Manhattans Plaza Hotel The trauma of researching and writing In Cold Blood had shaken him however and even as he reached the heights Capote was beginning a losing battle with drugs and alcohol In 1975 he published a chapter from an uncompleted novel Answered Prayers in Esquire magazine The unflattering thinly disguised portraits of some of his rich friends provoked a furious reaction and the comet that had risen so swiftly fell even faster Capote died in 1984 just short of his sixtieth birthday Capotes is an astonishing story and Gerald Clarkes biography first published in 1988 tells it in all its many dimensions Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with Capote himself as well as interviews with nearly everyone else who knew him it is now recognized as a masterpiece of literary art

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