Capote: A Biography

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Carroll & Graf, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 635 pages
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Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with the man who authored In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's, as well as with nearly everyone who knew him, this absorbing, definitive biography follows Truman Capote from his eccentric childhood in Alabama to the heights of New York society. Featuring many photographs, this book also candidly recounts a gifted and celebrated writer's descent into the life of alcohol and drugs that would ultimately consume his bulldog spirit and staggering talent—but not before he'd hobnob with the likes of Grace Paley and Lee Radziwill, feud outrageously with Gore Vidal and Jacqueline Susann, and stage at New York's Plaza Hotel the sensational Black and White Ball.

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Clarke breaks Capote's life into four sections: a childhood spent mostly with relatives while his self-absorbed parents staggered through their disorderly lives; his years of discovery, when he had ... Read full review

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I lived at the UN Plaza and when Truman Capote used to come in the elevator we would pet his dog Maggie, a bulldog, with no teeth, weird. But the book is very descriptive of Capote's life, with Kennedy. I remember my Mom and Grandmother went to the funeral, if you look at unedited footage you may see them sitting there in the front row. My grandmother knew Rose Kennedy, therefore, so did mom! They knew Truman Capote and he used to see my mother at the UN Plaza in the lobby usually, and he'd scream "OH MY GOD, here comes the SNOW QUEEN!" Once on a winter's night blizzard in NYC, he and my mom and a pal of my mom's went out for drinks at the Plaza and got roaring drunk. Capote let me sip out of his own little silver flask, it was Vodka. I kept blowing and blowing and blowing my breath and chewing packs of gum to hide the odor, but he was the first to get me buzzed on liquor, my dad thought it was him, but it was Truman. The book is well written and the reader gets a good idea of what is was like and what is or was in the heads of those in the book, mainly Capote and Kennedy. Very nice read. See mine Good show good book, very good! 

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Gerald Clarke is also the author of a biography of Judy Garland, which, like Capote, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives on Long Isalnd.

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