Truman Capote

in New Orleans, Louisiana, The United States
September 30, 1924

August 25, 1984



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 and young Lillie Mae. His parents divorced when he was four and he went to live with his mother's relatives in Monroeville, Alabama. He was a lonely child who learned to read and write by himself before entering school. In 1933, he moved to New York City to live with his mother and her new husband, Joseph Capote, a Cuban-born businessman. Mr. Capot

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In Cold Blood

4.08 avg rating — 606,116 ratings — published 1965 — 5 editions
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Breakfast at Tiffany's and ...

3.86 avg rating — 242,576 ratings — published 1958 — 349 editions
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A Christmas Memory

4.24 avg rating — 13,494 ratings — published 1956 — 63 editions
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Other Voices, Other Rooms

3.79 avg rating — 14,572 ratings — published 1948 — 112 editions
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Music for Chameleons

4.09 avg rating — 9,962 ratings — published 1980 — 81 editions
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Summer Crossing

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The Complete Stories of Tru...

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The Grass Harp, Including A...

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A Christmas Memory, One Chr...

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Answered Prayers: The Unfin...

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“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
Truman Capote

“Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell,' Holly advised him. 'That was Doc's mistake. He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can't give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they're strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That's how you'll end up, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky."
"She's drunk," Joe Bell informed me.
"Moderately," Holly confessed....Holly lifted her martini. "Let's wish the Doc luck, too," she said, touching her glass against mine. "Good luck: and believe me, dearest Doc -- it's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories

“You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories


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My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier (1951) 352 pages
  55 votes, 16.4%

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (1898) 132 pages
  49 votes, 14.6%

Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667) 453 pages
  33 votes, 9.8%


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