Truman Capote, Enfant Terrible

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A close look at the genesis of one of America's great modern writers

Robert Emmet Long presents a full account of Truman Capote's early life, making use of Capote's unpublished papers. Topics covered include his strange relationship with his beautiful but immature mother (she was sixteen years old when capote was born) as well as his friendships with a series of rich and talented women.

Combining biographical insights with literary criticism, ...

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Overview

A close look at the genesis of one of America's great modern writers

Robert Emmet Long presents a full account of Truman Capote's early life, making use of Capote's unpublished papers. Topics covered include his strange relationship with his beautiful but immature mother (she was sixteen years old when capote was born) as well as his friendships with a series of rich and talented women.

Combining biographical insights with literary criticism, Truman Capote, Enfant Terrible presents a grand overview of a complex and fascinating author: one who remained a child in appearance and behavior; a southerner who strayed from the south; a celebrity while living in the most solitary realm of his vast imagination.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Prolific critic Long presents a concise but compelling journey through the works and life of a unique writer in American literature. He begins with a brief and rather shallow sketch of Capote's early life, highlighting his tragic childhood and the relationships the eccentric author maintained with various members of New York's elite. Long draws heavily from Capote's unpublished papers and from Gerald Clarke's Capote: A Biography. This brief sketch, however, sets the stage for a compelling analysis of the effect of the author's tragic life on the gothic nature of his prose. Long brilliantly places each piece in the context of the author's life and of the culture at the time of its release. The book ends with a retrospective contemplation of Capote's influence and place in American letters. Each chapter represents a cogent and concise snapshot of Capote's genius in a specific period, while the entire book becomes a journey through Capote's life, work, and demons placed within the context of American literary culture. Recommended for most libraries.
—Shedrick Pittman-Hassett

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826427632
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/2/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Emmet Long is a recognized critic of American and British literature, and a commentator on the performing arts. He is author or editor of some 30 books and he has contributed over 400 articles to many journals and magazines, including The Nation, Commonweal, and Saturday Review.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Early Years to Capote's Departure for Europe 1949
2 Nine High School Stories ("Hilda," " If I Forget You," " Lucy," "Saturday Night," "Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child," "Swamp Terror," "The Moth in the Flame," "Miss Belle Rankin," "Louise"); The Tree of Night and Other Stories; Summer Crossing
3 Other Voices, Other Rooms
4 Travels Including Local Color, Short Fiction, and Reportage
5 The Grass Harp—Novel and Play
6 The Films: Beat the Devil and Indiscretions of an American Housewife
7 Observations - with Photographs by Richard Avedon
8 In Cold Blood
9 The Late Years in the Public Eye
10 Answered Prayers Works Works Consulted Index.

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