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Portraits and Observations: The Essays of Truman Capote

by Truman Capote

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"Portraits and Observations is the first volume devoted solely to all the essays ever published by Truman Capote. From his travel sketches of Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Hollywood, written when he was twenty-two, to meditations about fame, fortune, and the writer's art at the peak of his career, to the brief works penned during the isolated denouement of his life, these essays provide an essential window into mid-twentieth-century America as offered by one of its canniest observers. Included are such celebrated masterpieces of narrative nonfiction as "The Muses Are Heard" and the short nonfiction novel "Hand-carved Coffins," as well as many long-out-of-print essays, including portraits of Isak Dinesen, Mae West, Marcel Duchamp, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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Contains some travel essays about places like Tangier, Spain, southern Italy, Venice, etc. So far it is captivating to read. I am on about page 70. I am deliberately not looking at the titles of any of the upcoming essays to keep them as a surprise. This author does not waste any time. In a one-page sketch, he can set up a description of the setting and the characters and give the events of a day of travelling without batting an eye. I know this author does not have many books, but regardless, it will be worth it to pursue reading more of them, based on the quality of what I have read so far in this book.
The date of composition or publication is given at the beginning of each piece. Most of them are 60 or 70 years ago. But the seem so fresh. I feel myself wanting to go to where he went to find out if anything has changed.
  libraryhermit | Oct 23, 2012 |
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"Portraits and Observations is the first volume devoted solely to all the essays ever published by Truman Capote. From his travel sketches of Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Hollywood, written when he was twenty-two, to meditations about fame, fortune, and the writer's art at the peak of his career, to the brief works penned during the isolated denouement of his life, these essays provide an essential window into mid-twentieth-century America as offered by one of its canniest observers. Included are such celebrated masterpieces of narrative nonfiction as "The Muses Are Heard" and the short nonfiction novel "Hand-carved Coffins," as well as many long-out-of-print essays, including portraits of Isak Dinesen, Mae West, Marcel Duchamp, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe."--BOOK JACKET.

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