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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 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)
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In Cold Blood 21,163 copies, 426 reviews
Breakfast at Tiffany’s 2,358 copies, 58 reviews
Other Voices, Other Rooms 2,344 copies, 45 reviews
Music for Chameleons 1,775 copies, 21 reviews
Breakfast at Tiffany's 1,009 copies, 15 reviews
Summer Crossing 932 copies, 34 reviews
A Christmas Memory 887 copies, 39 reviews
The Grass Harp 450 copies, 14 reviews
A Capote Reader 271 copies, 1 review
The Thanksgiving Visitor 267 copies, 5 reviews
The Dogs Bark 226 copies, 1 review
A Tree of Night and Other Stories 153 copies, 2 reviews
Handcarved Coffins 112 copies, 6 reviews
First and Last 102 copies, 2 reviews
One Christmas 100 copies, 7 reviews
My Side of the Matter 91 copies, 1 review
The muses are heard, an account 66 copies, 2 reviews
Beat the Devil [1953 film] (Screenplay) 65 copies, 2 reviews
The Innocents [1961 film] (Screenwriter) 64 copies, 2 reviews
A House on the Heights 51 copies, 2 reviews
Retratos 40 copies, 1 review
Great Modern Short Novels 38 copies, 1 review
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Local Color 19 copies
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I racconti 6 copies
Hollywood 4 copies
Tres contes 4 copies
Œuvres 4 copies
Une journée de travail 2 copies, 2 reviews
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A Christmas Memory [1966 TV episode] (Screenwriter / Narrator) 1 copy
La Mujer 1 copy, 1 review
Eblouissement 1 copy, 1 review
1962 1 copy
Two Serious Ladies (Introduction, some editions) 706 copies, 9 reviews
Points of View: Revised Edition (Contributor) 382 copies, 6 reviews
The New Journalism (Contributor) 304 copies, 1 review
Life Stories: Profiles from the New Yorker (Contributor) 280 copies, 4 reviews
Best of Modern Humor (Contributor) 270 copies, 3 reviews
The Treasury of American Short Stories (Contributor) 247 copies, 1 review
Christmas Stories 222 copies, 1 review
Arbor House Treasury of horror and the supernatural (Contributor) 176 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of American Short Stories (Contributor) 171 copies, 1 review
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (Contributor) 132 copies, 1 review
New York Stories (Everyman's Pocket Classics) (Contributor, some editions) 129 copies, 5 reviews
The Signet Classic Book of Southern Short Stories (Contributor) 112 copies, 1 review
The Norton Book of Travel (Contributor) 106 copies, 1 review
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (Contributor) 88 copies, 2 reviews
Murder by Death [1976 film] (Actor) 82 copies, 1 review
American Short Stories (Contributor, some editions) 81 copies
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65 Great Tales of Horror (Contributor) 51 copies
Reading for Pleasure (Contributor) 46 copies
Southern Dogs and Their People (Contributor) 35 copies
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A Christmas Memory [1997 TV movie] (Original book) 14 copies, 1 review
A New Southern Harvest (Contributor) 10 copies
Moderne Amerikaanse verhalen (Contributor) 9 copies
Various Temptations (Contributor) 6 copies
Wives and Lovers (Contributor) 3 copies, 1 review
Moderne Amerikaanse verhalen (Contributor) 3 copies
The Grass Harp [1995 film] (Original book) 3 copies
Stories of Sudden Truth (Contributor) 1 copy

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