Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel

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Although Truman Capote’s last, unfinished novel offers a devastating group portrait of the high and low society of his time.
Tracing  the career of a writer of uncertain parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar in Tangiers to a banquette at La Côte Basque, from literary salons to high-priced whorehouses. It takes in calculating beauties and sadistic husbands along with such real-life supporting characters as Colette, the Duchess of ...

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Overview

Although Truman Capote’s last, unfinished novel offers a devastating group portrait of the high and low society of his time.
Tracing  the career of a writer of uncertain parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar in Tangiers to a banquette at La Côte Basque, from literary salons to high-priced whorehouses. It takes in calculating beauties and sadistic husbands along with such real-life supporting characters as Colette, the Duchess of Windsor, Montgomery Clift, and Tallulah Bankhead. Above all, this malevolently finny book displays Capote at his most relentlessly observant and murderously witty.

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"A gift from an unbridled genius. Exciting...irresistible...should be cherished as top-flight work from a master." — Los Angeles Times Book Review

Although Truman Capote's last novel was unfinished at the time of his death, its surviving portions offer a devastating group portrait of the high and low society of his time.

As it follows the career of a writer of uncertain parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar in Tangiers to a banquette at La Cote Basque, from literary salons to high-priced whorehouses. It takes in calculating beauties and sadistic husbands along with such real-life supporting characters as Colette, the Duchess of Windsor, Montgomery Clift, and Tallulah Bankhead. Above all, this malevolently funny book displays Capote at his most relentlessly observant and murderously witty.

"Prose that makes the heart sing and the narrative fly... inspired." — The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679751823
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Series: Vintage International Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 230,554
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Truman Capote
When Truman Capote debuted on the New York literary scene in 1948, no one had seen anything quite like him. Capote soon became famous for his intensely readable and nuanced short stories, novels, and novellas, but he was equally famous as a personality, gadfly, and bon vivant -- not to mention as a crime writer. Capote’s much-imitated 1965 book, In Cold Blood, all but invented the narrative true-crime genre.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2006

    Greatest Works

    As a junior in high school, nothing was more captivating to read. I was turned on to Capote, by this unfinished novel filled with similes and metaphors. Crass and beautiful at once!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    Hidy

    I dont want just se.x and im not slu.ty it was a test. *covers up and lays down* i was seeing if ud take advantage

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Extraordinarily Amazing.

    Though it is Truman Capote's unfinished manuscript that you are reading, I could not think of a more genius thing than reading God himself, (though God may be hard to find in this text). Wrapped up in the tales of the rich and famous, the narrator catapults between the present and the past and weaves a tale that is scathing and revealing of all the truths and faults of man.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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