A Christmas Memory / One Christmas / The Thanksgiving Visitor

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Taking its place next to Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood on the Modern Library bookshelf is this new and original edition of Capote's most famous short stories: "A Christmas Memory, " "One Christmas, " and "A Thanksgiving Memory." All three stories are distinguished by Capote's delicate interplay of childhood sensibility and recollective vision.

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Overview

Taking its place next to Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood on the Modern Library bookshelf is this new and original edition of Capote's most famous short stories: "A Christmas Memory, " "One Christmas, " and "A Thanksgiving Memory." All three stories are distinguished by Capote's delicate interplay of childhood sensibility and recollective vision.

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This single volume gathers Truman Capote's three most beloved holiday stories. These miniature memoirs and lyrical tributes carry the strong, delicious scent of holiday nostalgia.

New Yorker
Capote, in a bright, fluttering, wheeling way, makes all the tinsel and confetti and embroidery that bind together such delicate emotions in nostalgia and sentimentality come vigorously to life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679602378
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Series: Modern Library Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 74,101
  • Product dimensions: 5.03 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Truman Capote

TRUMAN CAPOTE was born in 1924 and died in 1984. Based on his own boyhood in rural Alabama in the 1930s, A Christmas Memory was orginally published in Mademoiselle in 1956 and later was included in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

BETH PECK, a designer and illustrator of many children's books, fell in love with the writing of Truman Capote and counts her paintings for A Christmas Memory and The Thanksgiving Visitor, also by Capote, among the work that is closest to her heart.

Biography

Truman Capote was a native of New Orleans, where he was born on September 30, 1924. His first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, was an international literary success when first published in 1948, and accorded the author a prominent place among the writers of America's postwar generation. He sustained this position subsequently with short-story collections (A Tree of Night, among others), novels and novellas (The Grass Harp and Breakfast at Tiffany's), some of the best travel writing of our time (Local Color), profiles and reportage that appeared originally in The New Yorker (The Duke in His Domain and The Muses Are Heard), a true-crime masterpiece (In Cold Blood), several short memoirs about his childhood in the South (A Christmas Memory, The Thanksgiving Visitor, and One Christmas), two plays (The Grass Harp and House of Flowers and two films (Beat the Devil and The Innocents).

Mr. Capote twice won the O.Henry Memorial Short Story Prize and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died in August 1984, shortly before his sixtieth birthday.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      September 30, 1924
    2. Place of Birth:
      New Orleans, Louisiana
    1. Date of Death:
      August 25, 1984
    2. Place of Death:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Education:
      Trinity School and St. John's Academy in New York City and Greenwich High School in Connecticut

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  • Posted December 25, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    The stories of holidays with the author and his elderly, distant cousin really touched my heart. They stayed with me for days. So delightful and well-written.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2001

    A Christmas Remembrance

    Each Christmas for the last 5 or 6, I am taken back to a two hundred year old home in CT, where I first heard Sister Cassidy read aloud to us A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote. To say read aloud is not quite right, for when you are surrounded by sepia toned pictures, large floral throws, sipping hot cocoa with goodies to munch, and the reader, who could be Sook herself and all ready has a lilt to her words, you know you are in for a delightful experience. Of course we all know that the best Christmas gifts are not in satin tied cellophane, for they are as Capote remembers, time spent with loved ones, memories of kite flying, and cousins like Sook, who may give you a 'dime wrapped in toilet paper.' Capote's story is a wonderful remembrance. Kristin Andersen

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Homey stories of old fashioned holidays

    I enjoyed this, quick read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    A Nice collection of holiday stories

    Very readable. Makes a good gift, or a nice addition to your own library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Truman Capote at his best

    I own this book in another edition, and purchased this one as a gift. I like this particular edition because it includes the less-available 'One Christmas.' VERY evocative of the time period, the South, and childhood. Wonderful, timeless stories to be read over and over.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2000

    A Sad, Honest View Of Childhood In The Rural South

    I had seen the video with Geraldine Page narriated by Truman Capote himself and to read this story is just as if the book comes to life. In my lifetime I like 'Buddy' have been so fortunate to meet and become aquainted with the 'relatives that people don't speak of at the family reunion.' This book though sad in nature is a very good look at a childs life in the rural south, when passed from relative to relative.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    very nigce book






    this book was very fun and crazy espesially buddy(his best friend wicth is 60)
    I recommend this book for people that want a fun heart warming story





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  • Posted February 3, 2010

    Return To This Again and Again

    Good stories are good forever and these stories will be read and re-read--to children and grandchildren and even to each other while we make the dressing and stuff the bird.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2004

    Great!

    One of my favorite books. I loved this and all of Capote's work! This is truly a heart-warming book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2003

    my favorite christmas story

    Years ago i saw the tv special 'a christmas memory' and never forgot it, such a wonderful and heartwarming remembrance. Each Christmas thereafter i looked for it in vain on tv. Now i have the video and this book and every Christmas i look forward to reaquainting myself with this bittersweet tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    A Surprisingly Good Book

    I read this book for the online class about Christmas Literature. I was pleasantly surprised by the warmth and depth of Capote¿s touching story. Normally, I would have never thought of reading a Truman Capote book, memories of his appearance as a somewhat awkward and strange man on such 60¿s TV shows as ¿Laugh-In¿ clouded my judgment. This is worth a read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2000

    humor

    Quite a loving story!

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