Capote, Truman

Introductory Notes

Truman Capote (1924-1984) was born in New Orleans and educated in private schools in Connecticut and New York. As a young man he worked for The New Yorker. He received early acclaim as a writer, but he continued in the public eye mainly for his flamboyant life in New York City, where his substance abuse, mental illness, flamboyant lifestyle, and failed personal relationships remained the stuff of high gossip.

Capote was a childhood friend of Harper Lee, author of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The young Dill in that novel was based on Capote. Some critics have argued that Capote actually wrote the novel, but there is no concrete evidence to support that claim.

Capote is hard to categorize as a writer because he wrote so many different kinds of works: fiction, nonfiction, drama, and essays. But by far his most significant work, and the one he is principally known for, is In Cold Blood.

Books by Truman Capote

  • Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948)

  • A Tree of Night and Other Stories (1949)

  • Local Color (1950)

  • The Grass Harp (1951)

  • Beat the Devil (screenplay, 1954)

  • The Muses are Heard (1956)

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958)

  • In Cold Blood (1965)

  • A Christmas Memory (1966)

  • The Dogs Bark: Public People and Private Places (1966)

  • Music for Chameleons (1980)

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