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The Complete Stories of Truman Capote

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  2,739 ratings  ·  160 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...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 13th 2005 by Vintage (first published January 1st 1970)
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Christopher Conlon
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
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...more
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...more
Jackson Burnett
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.
Josh Black
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?
B.E. Scully
There are those rare and precious short stories—James Joyce’s “The Dead” and Leo Tolstoy’s “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” come straight to mind--that are so perfectly written, and so profoundly speak to some place in my soul, that I never forget them, and never tire of rereading them. Upon finishing The Complete Stories of Truman Capote, I’ve added another to the list: “A Christmas Memory,” a gorgeously bittersweet tale of a young boy and his beloved aunt, both misfits in the outside world who fit p...more
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.
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.
Feb 09, 2008 Natalie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Elena Benvenuti
Un vaso di geranio cadde e le ragazze raccolsero i fiori e se li infilarono dietro l'orecchio. Sullo xilofono del marciapiede tintinnarono lo scalpiccio confuso di piedi in corsa, le gocce di pioggia: le porte sbattevano, le finestre si chiudevano, poi solo il silenzio, e pioggia. Allora, a passi leggeri, lei si avvicinò al lampione e si mise accanto a lui, e fu come se il cielo fosse uno specchio schiantato dal tuono, perché la pioggia cadeva tra loro come una cortina di vetri infranti.

Truman C...more
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 the fact 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...more
Momina Masood
I can safely say that the trilogy--comprising of A Christmas Memory, The Thanksgiving Visitor and One Christmas--is one of the best things about this book. These three stories are essentially what I would like to remember about Capote: the warm, loving gentleness of character and thought, and the light, pleasant prose. Preacher's Legend has also its share of empathy and kindness, and is a sad, beautiful story. Capote draws a great narrative that pulls you in completely, and his scenes and landsc...more
Cormac Zoso
Truman Capote is one of the three true masters of the American short story, along with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, and this complete collection of his short stories would be a well-loved gift to any fan of great literature. Capote, like his fellow masters, makes the small scenes of the short story so life-like you might mix them up with your own memories at times. They feel that genuine and lived in.

Where literary style is concerned, Capote is far closer to F. Scott than Hemingway...more
*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...more
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...more
My first Capote read, I had started Breakfast at Tiffany's a while back but never got through the first chapter due to time. I started Tiffany's before Philip Seymour Hoffman died, and only looked into Capote's life afterwards because I saw some similarities in their deaths. It's not the morbid fascination with celebrity deaths - I hope it isn't - but the "OMG they're MY age!" factor played a part in my interest.

This book starts out with a brief but thorough biography of Capote and the events in...more
Eleanor Levine
Gems, lyricism, brilliance. A true master. He should have done more but we are lucky to have these. I loved his friend with whom he made the fruitcakes for Christmas in Alabama.
Eric Steere
Capote's prose never goes astray with the idiom of the short story that enraptures as bougainvillea climbing easily without reproach and the attention it caresses from the least of naturalists. These stories sweetened my heart with the tender potential just 30 pages offer him. Capote writes the best, these architectonic sentences, the honest and effective charm that distinguishes him from so many great mid20th century writers. With my other Capote experiences, From true crime novel In Cold Blood...more
Reading Truman (why yes we are on a first name basis...)is like eating something delicious that you never tire of. I sometimes think I should just always keep one of his books going. This was a library find and I have read many of the stores before, but there was a new story that was discovered recently in here and that was enough for me. Of course, since it is Truman I read the whole thing and was enchanted once again. This includes my favorite of Truman's The Christmas Memory. I know many peop...more
"Se preguntó por qué la excentricidad siempre le provocaba esa curiosa admiración [...] siempre se había enamorado de personas que tenían algo un tanto equívoco, resquebrajado. De cualquier forma era extraño que la misma cualidad que empezaba atrayéndole terminara por repugnarle". (108).

"Películas. Otra vez. En el último mes había visto tantas que fragmentos de diálogo de Hollywood interrumpían sus sueños [...] ella iba al cine, así lloviera o nevara. Vincent era suficientemente sensible para s...more
Austen to Zafón
Arranged in chronological order, these short stories show Capote's evolution as a writer, moving from more imitative styles to his own voice. As with most collections, some of the stories are better than others. Reading the first one, "The Walls Are Cold," almost made me quit. The walls weren't the only thing cold, as the story seemed detached and stilted. But it was very short and a couple stories in, "The Shape of Things," drew me in with Capote's gift for dialog and his understanding of the p...more
Capote is best known for his genre-breaking non-fiction/faction book 'In Cold Blood',& the novella that gave the world Holly Golightly,immortalised though transformed,by Audrey Hepburn in the film 'Breakfast At Tiffany's'. His short stories,however,are somewhat overlooked;they deserve both a readership & admiration, being some of the finest short stories written by 20th century Americans.The stories in ths collection illustrate Capote's brilliance at evoking childhood memory & adult...more
Diann Blakely
The nearly apopletic horror of Flannery O'Connor's first view of Truman Capote, on the book jacket of OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS—with the author lying recumbent on a couch and looking, according to one wag, like a cherubic rent boy—is well known. Nor did she much care for one of Capote's comrades in arms, Georgian Carson McCullers, who was an alcoholic-in-training starting in adolescence, a lesbian, and for most of her life a partial paralytic, owing to a succession of small strokes. Nevertheless...more
Having read and loved “Other Voices Other Rooms,” I was interested in checking out more by Capote. I didn’t know he was a short story writer until I came across this anthology in a ridiculous consignment used book store in Vermont, organized by seller!

Capote’s earliest stories felt surprisingly amateur. Some of them dating back to the 40’s, they read a bit cheesy in a dated way. A few reminded me of Bradbury stories, though less fantastical. Some, like “Jug of Silver,” painted scenes of small-t...more
The Short of It:

This is a wonderful collection of stories. Meaningful and thought-provoking. Perfect for this time of year.

The Rest of It:

I really enjoy Capote’s writing. A book group friend of mine brought this for a book exchange one year, and it ended up in my lucky hands. I’ve been reading bits of it here and there for over two years now. It’s the type of book that you can pick up and put down and not really lose anything from it. Open to any page and you will be swept away. Some of the stor...more
A smattering of stories from the late 1940's up to the end of Truman Capote's life (he passed away in the mid-1980's), this body of work appears to represent more of a fictionalized auto-biography than a complete anthology of short stories. It is interesting to see the author as a hurt character who never recovered from a childhood of neglect from parents whose fulfillments did not include the support of the only child that resulted from their marriage. Because of this hurt, Truman comes across...more
Ok so when I first read a Truman Capote story it was my first year of college in 1989 and it was that "Christmas Memory" story and after we read that story as a class, we then wrote a paper detailing some memory/experience. That story triggered me writing about finding and reading my dad's letters that he had written home while he was in Vietnam, which was a very rewarding experience for me so I was excited to read this collection of his other stories. When I read the first story (written in 194...more
Joel Simon
Truman Capote"s short stories are thoroughly enjoyable. This is the first time I have ever read the entire set of any author's short stories. It gave me a real appreciation of how an author becomes better as he/she gets more experienced. Of course the great thing about a collection of short stories is that you can dip into it for as long or as short a time as you like without feeling like you have lost track of the plot. And when there's not a bad story in the bunch, you enjoy it every time you...more
I couldn't remember having read anything by Capote, except perhaps a short story in English class. The recent movie (which I haven't yet seen) helped me decide to try out this collection.

I enjoyed nearly every story, even the more depressing ones. Several were definitely in the Southern Gothic tradition - "Miriam" with the spooky little girl who invades the life of a spinster, and "A Tree of Night", where a young woman returning home from a funeral is accosted on a train. Other stories had more...more
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you may not know this - i hadn't clicked - but truman capote wrote 'breakfast at tiffany's', which was turned into a classic film starring audrey hepburn. a classic film which, while i'm mentioning it, you should watch. all this, by the way, really doesn't have anything to do with this review, except as a piece of trivia about truman capote.

reading short stories is probably a good way of getting a taste of an author. from a literary s...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...more
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