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A Week in Literary History

September 24th, 2002

capote.jpgAmerican writer Truman Capote (In Cold Blood, 1966) is born in 1924 in New Orleans.

Truman Capote, b. September 30, 1924, d. 1984

Capote was a strange little man/boy, often unspeakably arch and bitchy, who frittered away his last years in shameless self-promotion. He could always write beautifully, when he sat down to do it, and in his 1966 book In Cold Blood he created a masterpiece and a new genre, the non-fiction novel, which has been copied many times since and broadened the possibilities of what had seemed to many to be a dying art form. His recently published letters are an unalloyed delight; reading them is like watching an especially literate Bette Davis movie.

Suggested Reading Novels Other Voices, Other Rooms, 1948. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1958. Drama The Grass Harp, 1952. House of Flowers, 1954. Non-fiction The Muses Are Heard, 1956. In Cold Blood, 1966. Collected fiction & non-fiction Music for Chameleons, 1980. Letters Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote, 2004.

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