Truman Capote: Conversations

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M. Thomas Inge
Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 374 pages
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Truman Capote once said, "The thing I like to do most in the whole world is talk ...," and talk he does in the more than two dozen interviews collected in this book. The topics are often gossip about the famous people Capote ran with, but always he provides revealing information about his writings--the authors who inspired him, his meticulous methods of research and composition, and his personal reverence for the craft of authorship. He was, as the editor notes, "fiercely devoted to his art, and keenly aware of his place in the world of letters."

While his detractors, such as Ernest Hemingway and Gore Vidal, spoke out long and loud against the feisty and media-minded writer from Louisiana, Capote here has the last word. What emerges is a portrait of the author as pop cult figure--unabashed in his pursuit of fame and fortune but unstinting in his devotion to becoming one of America's major prose stylists.

These interviews range from the first he granted after the publication of his first novel through his shockingly personal self-interview which appeared at the end of his last major work.

  

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Contents

The Legend of Little T Selma Robinson
3
Talk with Truman Capote Harvey Brett
17
A Rainy Afternoon with Truman Capote Eugene Walter
33
The Story Behind a Nonfiction Novel George Plimpton
47
The Author Haskell Frankel
69
Truman Capote Swings in the Sun Alice Albright Hoge
82
Truman Capote Man About Town Jerry Tallmer
105
Truman Capote Talks Talks Talks C Robert Jennings
164
Checking in with Truman Capote Gerald Clarke
196
Truman Capote Denis Brian
210
An AudioDocumentary by Andy Warhol
236
Another Round with Mister C Jann Wenner
296
Truman Capote Talks About His Crowd Richard Zoerink
308
The Literary Aquarium of Truman Capote Beverly Grunwald
320
Tiny Yes but a Terror? Do Not Be Fooled by Truman Capote
330
An Interview Cathleen Medwick
339

We Talk To Truman Capote Barbara Packer Laurie Deutsch
171
Truman Capote on Christmas Places Memories
179
SelfPortrait Truman Capote
185
Truman Capote Nancy Collins
346
Index
366
Copyright

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About the author (1987)

Truman Capote was born in New Orleans on September 30, 1924. He rose to international prominence in 1948 with the publication of his debut novel, "Other Voices," "Other Rooms," His other works of fiction include "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "A Tree of Night," "The Grass Harp," and "Summer Crossing," the author's long-lost first novel, which was rediscovered in 2004 and published by Random House in 2005. His nonfiction novel "In Cold Blood" is widely considered one of the greatest books of the twentieth century. Capote twice won the O. Henry Memorial Short Story Prize and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died on August 25, 1984, shortly before his sixtieth birthday.

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