Music for Chameleons

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Vintage Books, 1994 - Literary Collections - 288 pages
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In these gems of reportage Truman Capote takes true stories and real people and renders then with the stylistic brio we expect from great fiction. Here we encounter an exquisitely preserved Creole aristocrat sipping absinthe in her Martinique salon; an enigmatic killer who sends his victims announcements of their forthcoming demise; and a proper Connecticut householder with a ruinous obsession for a twelve-year-old girl he has never met. And we meet Capote himself, who, whether he is smoking with his cleaning lady or trading sexual gossip with Marilyn Monroe, remainds one of the most elegant, malicious, yet compassionate writers to train his eye on the social fauna of our time.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Captivating little stories that mostly center on Capote's life in New York City - a place full of quirky, memorable characters. These tales resemble the ones Capote would tell on the talk shows back in the day. Read full review

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User Review  - sweetiegherkin - LibraryThing

Music for Chameleons contains a bunch of short story-length works and one novella-length one, which are all supposed to be nonfiction and "a continuation of Mr. Capote's concern with developing the ... Read full review

Contents

One Music for Chameleons
3
Three A Lamp in a Window
16
Five Hospitality
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About the author (1994)

Truman Capote was a native of New Orleans, where he was born on September 30, 1924. His first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, was an international literary success when first published in 1948, and accorded the author a prominent place among the writers of America's postwar generation. He sustained this position subsequently with short-story collections (A Tree of Night, among others), novels and novellas (The Grass Harp and Breakfast at Tiffany's), some of the best travel writing of our time (Local Color), profiles and reportage that appeared originally in The New Yorker (The Duke in His Domain and The Muses Are Heard), a true-crime masterpiece (In Cold Blood), several short memiors about his childhood in the South (A Christmas Memory, The Thanksgiving Visitor, and One Christmas), two plays (The Grass Harp and House of Flowers and two films (Beat the devil and The Innocents).

Mr. Capote twice won the O.Henry Memorial Short Story Prize and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died in August 1984, shortly before his sixtieth birthday.

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