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Truman Capote (1924–1984)

Author of In Cold Blood

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About the Author

Truman Capote, 1924 - 1984 Novelist and playwright Truman Streckfus Person was born in 1924 in New Orleans to a salesman and a 16-year-old beauty queen. His parents divorced when he was four years old and was then raised by relatives for a few years in Monroeville. His mother was remarried to a show more successful businessman, moved to New York, and Truman adopted his stepfather's surname. He attended Greenwich High School and never went to college. When he was 17, Capote's formal education ended when he was employed at The New Yorker magazine. He belived he did not need to go to college to be a writer, since he was writing seriously since age 11. Capote's first novel was "Other Voices, Other Rooms" (1948), which told the story of a boy growing up in the Deep South. "The Grass Harp" (1951) is about a young boy and his elderly cousin discovering that some compromise is necessary for people to live together in a community and was adapted to screen in 1996. The play "The House of Flowers" (1954) is a musical set in a West Indies bordello. Capote then wrote, "Breakfast at Tiffanys" (1958), which tells the story of how Holly Golightly goes to New York seeking happiness. Capote became preoccupied with journalism and, sparked by the murder of a wealthy family in Holcomb, Kansas, began interviewing the locals to recreate the lives of the murderers and their victims. The research and writing for this novel, "In Cold Blood" (1966), took six years for him to complete. Other works of Capote's include the classic "A Christmas Memory" (1966), which is an autobiographical account of a seven-year-old boy, his cousin, and an eccentric old lady, "Music for Chameleons" (1981), which is a collection of short pieces, interviews, stories and conversations that were published in several magazines, and "One Christmas" (1982). On August 26, 1984 in Los Angeles, Truman Capote died of liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication. Published after his death were "Conversations With Capote" (1985) and "Answered Prayers: The Untitled Novel" (1986). (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Truman Capote

In Cold Blood (1965) 23,903 copies
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) 2,789 copies
Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948) 2,569 copies
Music for Chameleons (1980) 1,967 copies
Summer Crossing (2005) 1,042 copies
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) 1,036 copies
A Christmas Memory (1956) 1,032 copies
The Grass Harp (1951) 520 copies
The Thanksgiving Visitor (1967) 312 copies
A Capote Reader (1987) 291 copies
The Dogs Bark (1973) 241 copies
Handcarved Coffins (1901) 127 copies
One Christmas (1983) 111 copies
First and Last (1995) 109 copies
My Side of the Matter (2005) 98 copies
Beat the Devil [1953 film] (1953) — Screenplay — 93 copies
The duke in his domain (2018) 79 copies
The Innocents [1961 film] (1961) — Screenwriter — 76 copies
Children on Their Birthdays (1976) 59 copies
A House on the Heights (2002) 53 copies
Ni un pelo de tonto (1995) 52 copies
The Grass Harp [play] (1954) 46 copies
Great Modern Short Novels (1966) — Contributor — 41 copies
I Remember Grandpa (1985) 36 copies
Observations (1959) 34 copies
Miriam (1945) 28 copies
One Christmas [1994 TV movie] (1999) — Writer — 19 copies
Local Color (1950) 19 copies
Indiscretion of an American Wife [1953 film] (1954) — Screenwriter — 17 copies
A Diamond Guitar (1950) 17 copies
A Christmas Memory [1997 TV movie] (1997) — Original book — 12 copies
Alle verhalen (2017) 12 copies
Color local (1992) 9 copies
Romanzi e racconti (1999) 9 copies
I racconti (1993) 8 copies
Yachts and Things — Author — 5 copies
Œuvres (2014) 4 copies
Tres contes (2015) 4 copies
Hollywood (1993) 4 copies
Atesteki Güve (2016) 3 copies
American Short Stories (2003) 3 copies
Inne głosy, inne ściany (2010) 2 copies
The Capote Tapes (2021) 2 copies
A Harpa de Ervas Livro 9 (2018) 2 copies
Werke: 8 Bde: 8 Bände (2007) 2 copies
A Christmas Memory [1966 TV episode] (1966) — Screenwriter / Narrator — 1 copy
Sithala le 1 copy
Voyages en train (2015) 1 copy
Blind items 1 copy
Tři povídky (2000) 1 copy
A fűhárfa (1977) 1 copy
La Mujer 1 copy
Gosaria Tiffany'S-En (1989) 1 copy
Kindergeburtstag (2008) 1 copy
1962 1 copy

Associated Works

Two Serious Ladies (1943) — Introduction, some editions — 805 copies
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Contributor — 465 copies
Points of View: Revised Edition (1966) — Contributor — 416 copies
My Sister's Hand in Mine: The Collected Works of Jane Bowles (1966) — Introduction — 410 copies
The New Journalism (1973) — Contributor — 337 copies
Life Stories: Profiles from the New Yorker (2000) — Contributor — 300 copies
The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Contributor — 293 copies
The Treasury of American Short Stories (1981) — Contributor — 269 copies
Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural (1981) — Contributor — 199 copies
The Penguin Book of American Short Stories (1969) — Contributor — 189 copies
New York Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (2011) — Contributor, some editions — 157 copies
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contributor — 142 copies
Murder by Death [1976 film] (1976) — Actor — 125 copies
The Signet Classic Book of Southern Short Stories (1991) — Contributor — 121 copies
On the Firing Line: The Public Life of Our Public Figures (1989) — Contributor — 113 copies
The Norton Book of Travel (1987) — Contributor — 111 copies
American Short Stories (1976) — Contributor, some editions — 95 copies
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (2009) — Contributor — 92 copies
Great Short Tales of Mystery and Terror (1982) — Contributor — 80 copies
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories (2005) — Contributor — 75 copies
A Treasury of Modern Mysteries, Volume 2 (1973) — Contributor — 74 copies
Great Esquire Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 70 copies
New York (1980) — Contributor — 60 copies
65 Great Tales of Horror (1981) — Contributor — 59 copies
Reading for Pleasure (1957) — Contributor — 52 copies
An Omnibus of 20th Century Ghost Stories (1989) — Contributor — 45 copies
The Lucifer Society (1971) — Contributor — 42 copies
Southern Dogs and Their People (2000) — Contributor — 39 copies
Round the Christmas Fire: Festive Stories (2013) — Contributor — 35 copies
Night Shadows: Twentieth-Century Stories of the Uncanny (2001) — Contributor — 29 copies
Great Short Stories of the World (1965) — Contributor — 26 copies
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contributor — 22 copies
Southern Christmas Literary Classics of the Holidays (1998) — Contributor — 19 copies
A New Southern Harvest (1957) — Contributor — 10 copies
Moderne Amerikaanse verhalen (1982) — Contributor — 9 copies
Various Temptations (1948) — Contributor — 7 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1947 (1947) — Contributor — 7 copies
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Grass Harp [1995 film] — Original book — 3 copies
Racconti di cinema (2014) — Contributor — 3 copies
American Short Stories (1978) — Contributor — 3 copies
Wives and Lovers — Contributor — 3 copies
Moderne Amerikaanse verhalen — Contributor — 3 copies
American Short Stories (Oxford Literature Resources) (1992) — Contributor — 2 copies
Stories of Sudden Truth (1953) — Contributor — 1 copy


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June 2015: Truman Capote in Monthly Author Reads (February 2019)
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote (Bowie's Top 100) in 75 Books Challenge for 2016 (March 2016)


Short stories that are a light read. No depth to the stories. Very little to no character development. In Breakfast at Tiffany's, the good parts of the story had to do with contradictions with Holly being a phony, but a real phony, and the fact that the place she calls home is traveling itself. In House of Flowers, the way people try to obtain attention is interesting. In A Diamond Guitar, the outcome of the poisoners and the twist is compelling. In A Christmas Memory, the interaction between the generations is engrossing.… (more)
Eugene_Kernes | 221 other reviews | Jun 4, 2024 |
This is a really well-written novel, and it started very well, but I gradually lost interest in the story as it went on. The atmosphere is so decadent and so fed up with everything that it did not fit well with a coming-of-age novel. I felt sorry for Joel, trapped in that house with those selfish adults. Truman Capote really can write, but here I felt he lacked a more polished story to tell. It's a short novel, however, and I'm not sorry I read it. I would recommend it for people who consider literary quality as more important than plot and good storytelling.… (more)
jcm790 | 49 other reviews | May 26, 2024 |
Frühstück bei Tiffany ♦ Truman Capote | Rezension

Wer kennt sie nicht, die bewegte-Bilder-Adaption, mit welcher Audrey Hepburn Filmgeschichte geschrieben hat. Doch kann die Buchvorlage mithalten? Und kann ich als Leserin das Buch mit Abstand zum Film bewerten? Es ist schwierig, denn Audrey Hepburn hat sich als Holly Golightly in unserer aller Gedächtnis gebrannt.

Im Rahmen des rel="nofollow" target="_top">SommerlochBingos habe ich Frühstück bei Tiffany von [a:Truman Capote|431149|Truman Capote|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1419249359p2/431149.jpg]endlich von meinem SuB befreien können. Das Buch lag dort auch schon viel zu lange rum.


Ich habe versucht das Buch ganz voreingenommen zu lesen, ohne mir immer wieder den Film in Erinnerung zu rufen. Was nicht sonderlich schwer war, da es doch schon einige Monde her ist, seitdem ich mir den Klassiker in schwarz/weiß angesehen habe. Doch ich kam einfach nicht umhin, dass ich bei Holly immer das Gesicht von Frau Hepburn vor meinem geistigen Auge hatte.

Ich möchte direkt anmerken, dass mich das Buch nicht so gut mitnehmen konnte, wie es der Film von Szene eins an getan hat. Auch wenn der Erzähler, welcher bis zum Ende hin namenlos bleibt, versucht hat Hollys Charaktereigenschaften und ihr Auftreten so gut es geht zu beschreiben, war es für die Ikone im Film einfach noch um einiges leichter diese eigensinnige Souveränität der Prota zu demonstrieren. Was mir im Film gefallen hat, ging im Buch fast ein wenig unter und wirkte hier auch eher nervig. Ich weiß nicht wie oft mir die folgenden Wörter „verwöhnte Göre“ durch den Kopf gingen.

Wirkt Holly in der ersten Betrachtung sehr selbstsicher und glamourös, merkte ich als Leserin schnell, wie viele Selbstzweifel und Traurigkeit die Protagonistin mit ihrer Maske zu verstecken versucht. Denn selbst das strahlendste Lächeln kann die traurige Leere in den Augen einer Person nicht wegzaubern. Ich wollte Holly oft an den Armen packen und schütteln, ihr sagen, dass sie endlich zu sich, ihren Fehlern und ihrer Vergangenheit stehen soll.

Mit teils belangloser Art schreibt [a:Capote|431149|Truman Capote|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1419249359p2/431149.jpg] durch die Augen des Erzählers dann aber doch wieder so tiefgründig, dass das Buch fesselt, selbst als die Sympathien zur Hauptfigur immer mehr nachgelassen hatten. Doch trotz meiner Antipathie muss ich zugeben, dass Holly hinreißend verrückt und tiefsinnig war, was mir aber wirklich erst auf den zweiten Blick wirklich aufgefallen ist.


Aber im Ernst, Herzchen, du hast aus deiner Kindheit solch eine Tragödie gemacht, dass ich damit nicht wetteifern wollte.

Schreibstil: 4/5
Charaktere: 3/5
Plot: 2,5/5
Gesamt: 3,1/5


Trotz einer langsamen und eher unspannend erzählten Handlung konnte mich das Buch auf seine ganz eigene Weise mitnehmen. Denn es lebt mehr von den Persönlichkeiten als von Ereignissen. Meine Antipathie gegenüber Holly konnte ich zwar bis zum Ende hin nicht beiseitelegen und dennoch hatte ich ein ganz gutes Lesevergnügen.

Frühstück bei Tiffany ♦ Truman Capote | Rezension auf The Art of Reading … (more)
RoXXieSiXX | 82 other reviews | May 20, 2024 |
The three short stories were excellent. Did not care for the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's, which seemed dated and pointless.
Abcdarian | 221 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |


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