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

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Other Voices, Other Rooms

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A Christmas Memory

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Music for Chameleons

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The Grass Harp, Including A...

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Summer Crossing

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The Complete Stories of Tru...

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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

“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


November 2016 New School Classic Poll

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 343 pages, 1965
  40 votes, 14.8%

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, 352 pages, 1951
  35 votes, 12.9%

  29 votes, 10.7%

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, 211 pages, 1962
  29 votes, 10.7%

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, 192 pages, 1967
  28 votes, 10.3%

  26 votes, 9.6%

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, 706 pgs, 1924
  19 votes, 7.0%

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys , 171 pages, 1966
  19 votes, 7.0%

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pgs, 1996
  18 votes, 6.6%

Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry, 397 pgs, 1947
  15 votes, 5.5%

  13 votes, 4.8%


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