Capote: a biography

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 631 pages
From instant celebrity at age 23 to overweight, alcoholic loner in his 50s, Truman Capote streaked across the middle of this century on a comet of genius, self-destruction, and fame. Drawing upon hundreds of hours of interviews with Capote and with nearly everyone who knew him, and with exclusive access to personal papers, Gerald Clarke has written the definitive biography of an incomparable man and his time. "Extraordinary . . . Rich in intelligence and compassion . . . One can't put the book down. Few literary biographies in recent memory have been so vivid and absorbing." -- Bruce Bawer, The Wall Street Journal

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - rainpebble - LibraryThing

I found "Capote" to be quite a good read. It was interesting and very different for me. It was rather fascinating to find that Clarke had not written a novel before. He was a journalist which I am ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - michaelbartley - LibraryThing

a first rate biography of truman capote. a very talented but flawed and tragic man. he was a greek tragic person excellent story Read full review

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1988)

Gerald Clarke is the author of "Capote: A Biography" and "Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland". He has also written for many publications, including "The Atlantic, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, " "Architectural Digest, "where he is a contributor;" Time, " where he was a senior writer; and "Esquire". A graduate of Yale, he now lives in Bridgehampton, New York.

Bibliographic information