Truman Capote

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Truman Capote


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

Died
August 25, 1984

Genre

Influences


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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Average rating: 4.0 · 654,950 ratings · 25,301 reviews · 180 distinct worksSimilar authors
In Cold Blood

4.06 avg rating — 421,552 ratings — published 1966 — 9 editions
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Breakfast at Tiffany's

3.90 avg rating — 171,469 ratings — published 1958 — 263 editions
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Other Voices, Other Rooms

3.82 avg rating — 10,738 ratings — published 1948 — 77 editions
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A Christmas Memory

4.23 avg rating — 8,983 ratings — published 1956 — 28 editions
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Music for Chameleons

4.06 avg rating — 7,275 ratings — published 1980 — 65 editions
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The Grass Harp, Including A...

4.02 avg rating — 4,857 ratings — published 1956 — 20 editions
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Summer Crossing

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Answered Prayers - The Unfi...

3.49 avg rating — 2,887 ratings — published 1986 — 42 editions
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The Thanksgiving Visitor

4.15 avg rating — 1,305 ratings — published 1967 — 13 editions
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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

Polls

December 2017 Short Story Poll

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, 32 pages or less, 1905
 
  59 votes, 17.1%

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf, 112 pages, 1929
 
  57 votes, 16.5%

 
  38 votes, 11.0%

A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O'Connor, 24 pages or less, 1955
 
  34 votes, 9.9%

 
  34 votes, 9.9%

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote, 48 pages or less, 1956
 
  30 votes, 8.7%

Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann, 120 pages, 1815
 
  26 votes, 7.5%

The Eyes by Edith Wharton, 48 pages, 1910
 
  17 votes, 4.9%

To Build a Fire by Jack London, 32 pages or less, 1903
 
  12 votes, 3.5%

The Lion in Winter by James Goldman, 60 pages, 1966
 
  11 votes, 3.2%

 
  11 votes, 3.2%

Double Indemnity by James M. Cain, 115 pages,1936
 
  8 votes, 2.3%

R.U.R. by Karel Čapek, 84 pages, 1920
 
  8 votes, 2.3%

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