A Capote Reader

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Penguin, 2002 - American literature - 722 pages
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Truman Capote began writing when he was eight and became one of America's most versatile and gifted authors. A Capote Readercontains much of his published work- his dazzling fiction, including Breakfast at Tiffany's, as well as his prolific output of short stories, travel sketches in which he evokes places from Tangiers to Brooklyn, portraits of his contemporaries such as Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe and Cecil Beaton, and his brilliant reportage and essays. His piece entitled 'The Muses are Heard', which recounts a trip to Communist Europe with the cast of Porgy and Bess,shows the chameleon-like talents of a literary legend.

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If you can get past his persona and behavior, Truman Capote writes with lucid wit and extraordinary grace. There isn't a story in this large book that wasn't a joy to read, even if it is just because of his writing style. I probably would enjoy a compilation of shopping lists written by Capote. Read full review

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"I wish that then and there I had moved to the country. But it was too late, for I had already started my journey to the Earth's interior.'' Like all of Capote's fiction, Answered Prayers draws ... Read full review


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Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1925 and was raised in various parts of the south, his family spending winters in New Orleans and summers in Alabama and New Georgia. By the age of fourteen he had already started writing short stories, some of which were published. He left school when he was fifteen and subsequently worked for the New Yorker which provided his first - and last - regular job. Following his spell with the New Yorker, Capote spent two years on a Louisiana farm where he wrote Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948). He lived, at one time or another, in Greece, Italy, Africa and the West Indies, and travelled in Russia and the Orient. He is the author of many highly praised books, including A Tree of Night and Other Stories (1949), The Grass Harp (1951), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958), In Cold Blood (1965), which immediately became the centre of a storm of controversy on its publication, Music for Chameleons (1980) and Answered Prayers (1986), all of which are published by Penguin. Truman Capote died in August 1984.

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