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The Complete Stories of Truman Capote

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  3,918 Ratings  ·  255 Reviews
A landmark collection that brings together Truman Capote’s life’s work in the form he called his “great love,” The Complete Stories confirms Capote’s status as a master of the short story.
Ranging from the gothic South to the chic East Coast, from rural children to aging urban sophisticates, all the unforgettable places and people of Capote’s oeuvre are here, in stories as
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1993)
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Diane Barnes
Sep 05, 2015 Diane Barnes rated it really liked it
I've read a lot of Truman Capote, and have always liked his writing, and even his strange personality and flamboyant lifestyle, but I never realized what a genius he was til I read these early stories of his. The first one in this collection was written when he was 19. 19!!! The early ones are very gothic and eerie; the later stories are more professional and polished; but all of them were enjoyable little gems.
Christopher Conlon
Jul 31, 2012 Christopher Conlon rated it really liked it
What is it about Truman Capote? Despite the fact that he was unquestionably a minor writer, with an uncommonly thin portfolio of published work considering his forty-year career, he remains a figure of fascination. There have been books about him, movies, a Broadway play—and most of his own writing is still in print, still celebrated nearly thirty years after his death. And, even if I’m not always sure quite why, I’ve loved his work above that of virtually any other American writer for more than ...more
Tom Mathews
Sep 28, 2015 Tom Mathews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who read to the beat of a different drummer.
I figured I had better hurry up and read my copy of The Complete Stories of Truman Capote while it’s still what it claims to be. In less than a month Random House will be releasing The Early Stories of Truman Capote, a collection of 14 previously unpublished stories written during Truman’s teens and twenties. I’m looking forward to seeing how they compare to the collection I jut finished.

This was a great collection of stories, one of the best by a single author that I have read. Even the least i
Sep 18, 2015 Jeanette rated it really liked it
Some of the stories were 3 star for me, like "Miriam"- which is too Poe-like gimmicky. But overall, and I am an impossible audience for short stories on the whole, I did like these. There is, for me with Capote- an often felt mood that belies some of the jolly words or situations of mirth. Rather partially that of an "outsider looking in" or nervous energy angst toward eventual rejection to the norms? Or a sense of bizarre meanness that's too easily understood? It parses out in the end to connot ...more
Paul Bryant
Contains two of PB's All Time Greats :

"Miriam" (1945)

TC can write about kids really well, and as we know, he is suspected of having more than a hand in the writing of "To Kill a Mockingbird" which is all about kids. In "Miriam" we have an original character, a violent ghost girl. I have a list of people right here who I'd love to get Miriam to visit.

"Children on their Birthdays" (1948)

He gives away the punchline in the first sentence, then in the lyrical delirium of the prose which follows he m
Sep 26, 2015 Camie rated it really liked it
I was not a fan of In Cold Blood which I felt glorified murder and also am not a short story fan. Capote was a pretty eclectic guy and this collection is proof of that. Didn't like them all, no surprise there, the surprise was that I really enjoyed some of them : Jug of Silver, The Thanksgiving Visitor, A Christmas Memory, and One Christmas. After reading the intro I believe these stories were certainly influenced by many of his own adventures as a young boy being raised in Alabama by extended f ...more
Мартин Касабов
Събрани разкази:

Вижте, аз съм един от малкото хора, които не харесват особено "Хладнокръвно" (поне сред моите приятели, простете за превземката), но за сметка на това намирам "Закуска в Тифани" за великолепна, така че исках повече от Капоти, но по възможност в кратката форма. Наскоро излезлият сборник на издателство "Колибри", със събраните разкази на автора (абе, само на мен ли ми прави впечатление, че тази корица е стъпка в правилната посока), предостав
Jackson Burnett
Dec 23, 2012 Jackson Burnett rated it really liked it
Truman Capote was one of the great American writers of the 20th Century. It's a shame he didn't better utilize his talent.

This is a fine collection of Capote's short stories. Most have a glossy magazine feel to them, but they are well-crafted and interesting to read. The holiday stories are masterpieces.
Feb 09, 2008 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: elizabeth, malena, maura
Truman Capote's writing is perfect. Not the least bit pretentious. He brings out the disappointments people and situations can bring, but he does so with such a quick and clever wit that you don't feel awful after reading. I would have been one of his fag hags.
Josh Black
Aug 26, 2007 Josh Black rated it it was amazing
Monroeville, AL has this mural with a big mockingbird on it that says, "The Home of Harper Lee". Where's the mural for Truman Capote?
Jan 12, 2015 Celia rated it really liked it
In Cold Blood was the first Capote work I read, and this the second. I remain struck by how skillfully he builds a scene and atmosphere and just sucks you in. It happened 100 times faster in these short stories than it did in the book--no small feat considering that I read these stories while commuting on public transportation. The real world just disappeared and I found myself in Capote's characters' worlds, watching and feeling as the stories unfolded.

I'm not necessarily from any of the char
Apr 20, 2010 Laia rated it liked it
Shelves: bookclub-read
I don't know whether to give this more stars for the quality of writing, but it brings into focus such unpleasant things, it is hard to say I "really LIKED it." Which of course is part of the brilliance of his writing.
Really fun as a book club pick...lots of short stories, each one of them giving you something to talk about. Wasn't particularly taken with the first half of the book, but fell in love with some of the later stories, and found all of the stories a nice complement to each other whe
Kim Kaso
Jan 20, 2016 Kim Kaso rated it really liked it
4+. All the stories were not great, some were uncomfortably creepy, but the great ones were truly great. The closer he stayed to his roots, the better they were, I think. The ones where he was remaking himself in NYC were more surface and shine, a bit like a foreshadowing of his becoming one of the people more famous for being famous in his later years than for producing great work.
Nov 01, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it
Terse, gothic, flamboyant, and surprising, with some beautiful passages: "In the country, spring is a time of small happenings happening quietly, hyacinth shoots thrusting in a garden...and midnight rain opening lilac." It seems from these stories that The South never leaves southerners, no matter how many identities they take on, even in New York.
Infada Spain
May 15, 2015 Infada Spain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Αγαπημένα και αλησμόνητα: Ένα Δέντρο από νύχτα και Ένα Σπίτι από Λουλούδια...
Jan 02, 2017 Jenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for Niles!
Camille McCarthy
Jan 15, 2015 Camille McCarthy rated it it was amazing
Capote's short stories are well worth the read. I had already read "In Cold Blood" but never any of his fictional work, but he is excellent at both. They are not as ambiguous as J.D. Salinger's short stories and that is why I preferred them - they have a beginning, middle and an end, and they are just as well-written. He conveys the feel of New York through many of his stories, which is why they remind me of Salinger sometimes, but he also has many stories which take place in the south and thos ...more
Jun 18, 2016 吉尔梅 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"A mensagem que me mandam limita-se a confirmar a notícia que uma qualquer recôndita veia dentro de mim já tinha recebido, essa notícia que amputa uma parte insubstituível de mim mesmo, deixando-a tão irremediavelmente perdida como um papagaio de papel cuja guita se partiu. É por isso que, nesta manhã de Dezembro, nesta manhã muito particular, ao atravessar o campus de uma escola, os meus olhos não largam o céu. Perscruto as alturas como se estivesse à espera de ver um par de papagaios perdidos ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Behnam rated it liked it
Reading this book, I found myself skipping through pages on most of the stories, they really weren't that good, most of the stories either had a boring start, boring characters, or 40 pages of reading for an unsatisfying end.

The stories I really liked were:
Jug of Silver
A Diamond Guitar
A Christmas Memory
The Thanksgiving Visitor
One Christmas

And I didn't very much care for the other stories, so I'm not gonna even make comments on them.

Terri Jacobson
Jun 01, 2015 Terri Jacobson rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
The stories in this collection were written between 1943 and 1982, with most being written in the 1940s. I enjoyed the stories very much; I was surprised at the lyricism of the writing. Most of the stories are about women (invariably women of style) undergoing various struggles. The roots of Capote's writing are very much in the American South. These stories provided a quite enjoyable and thoughtful reading experience.
Dec 16, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-rated
The man is a genius! This is extremely high praise coming from someone who does not like, never has liked and does not see a future in liking short stories. However, Capote's writing is like prose poems; never a cliché; wonderful insight; delightful reading -- right up until the last "no ending" sentence of each story. I have read IN COLD BLOOD but never anything else by Capote prior to this. I'm on to anything else I can find - it was pure pleasure.....
Nov 26, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
haunting. many of these stories are whimsical, with a sense of foreboding that makes them incredibly beautiful and sad at the same time. the characters are often interesting in a creepy way: one of his favourite types seems to be young girls aged beyond their physical years, sometimes indecently knowing. other than this, of the works of Truman Capote i've only ever read Breakfast At Tiffany's, which is beautiful.
Mar 15, 2015 Arwen56 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ciao Truman.

Mi intristisce davvero tanto, credimi, vederti sdraiato lì, sul letto, immemore di te stesso, circondato da bottiglie vuote e altri più spiacevoli segni dell’umana fragilità. Oh, lo so che da questa particolare crisi ti riprenderai, ma poi ce ne sarà un’altra e poi un’altra e un’altra ancora, sino all’ultima, quella fatale, quella in cui darai definitivamente forfait.
Ti prendo la mano, ok? Non posso fare altro per te, perché io arrivo dal futuro e tu sei già morto da tanti anni. Sen
Jul 30, 2016 JacquiWine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in July, a couple of bloggers I follow (Ali at Heaven Ali and Lizzi at These Little Words) were reading Truman Capote’s A Capote Reader. I didn’t want to commit to reading such a big volume, but their posts did pique my interest in Capote’s short stories, hence my purchase of The Complete Stories.

This collection consists of twenty stories written between 1943 and 1982, presented in chronological order. I’m not going to try to review each story in turn, but to give a sense of the themes and
Jul 10, 2010 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Shelves: shortstories
*I skipped three of the stories - the holiday pieces - until winter when I'm in the mood*

For some reason I thought all of the stories would be about glitterati and their fancy things. Some are, but there was also a very satisying offering of Southern Gothic magic. 'Children On Their Birthdays' and 'A Diamond Guitar' were especially moving.

One rant: In the first two paragraphs of 'The Bargain', I was convinced that I was rereading 'A Mink of One's Own'. Was the idea of two hoity toity ladies meet
May 11, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
If you never read anything else by Capote, read A Christmas Memory. The short story has to be one of the most tender, yet most gut-wrenching story ever written. It will make you cry because the ending is sad but it is one of the most perfect endings ever.
The Christmas Memory is one story in The Complete Stories of Truman Capote. As in all story collections there are some good, some great, and some okay. But the great ones in this book are spectacular. I never realized that Capote mastered differ
Nicholas Trandahl
Apr 07, 2015 Nicholas Trandahl rated it it was amazing
I can see quite easily why Truman Capote referred to his collected short stories as his "Great Love". He was a rare master of words, possessed of a talent for prose that I've seen myself only in F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the scant body of work that he left behind before his passing (the same month and year that I was born; we were alive on the earth together for only days) is enough to keep me full until my last breath. Each of his tales sparkle with flawlessness and the emotion inherent in them ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Julio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cuentos
Es sorprendente que el autor de la objetiva, periodística, casi despiadada reconstrucción de un asesinato múltiple (A Sangre Fría) haya creado una colección de cuentos donde lo mas notable es su sensibilidad e intimidad. Cada cuento, que refleja pequeños momentos, memorias, encuentros, todos casi furtivos, algo etéreos, se cuenta con la delicadeza de un alma, quizá dolida, quizá hasta torturada, pero gentil y delicada. Uno tiene la impresión de ser un testigo involuntario, hasta indeseado, de pe ...more
May 25, 2010 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
297 pages. Donated 2010 May.

Most readers know Truman Capote as the author of Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood; or they remember his notorious social life and wild and witty public appearances. But he was also the author of superb short tales that were as elegant as they were heartfelt, as grotesque as they were compassionate. Now, on the occasion of what would have been his eightieth birthday, Random House presents the first collection that includes all of Capote's short fiction - a volu
Asli Cansiz
Sep 02, 2015 Asli Cansiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sade ve içten diliyle Capote, öykülerini bir solukta okuyabileceğiniz bir yazar. Hayatını az çok okuduysanız, her öyküsüne kendi çocukluğundan bir şeyler kattığını farkedebilirsiniz... İhtiyar kuzenleriyle taşrada büyümüş bu oğlan çocuğu, sizi öykülerindeki kasabalara götürüp karakterlerle tanıştırırken hiçbirine yabancılık çekmemenizi sağlayan samimi dili kuşkusuz bu sürükleyiciliğin temelini oluşturuyor. Kitabı okurken 1930'ların, 50'lerin caz standartlarından bir müzik listesi size eşlik etsi ...more
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Truman Capote was an American writer whose non-fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognised literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a "non-fiction novel." At least 20 films and TV dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays.

He was born as Truman Streckfus Persons to a salesman Archulus Persons
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