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While his detractors, such as Ernest Hemingway and Gore Vidal, spoke out long and loud against the feisty and media-minded writer from Louisiana, Capote here has the last word. What emerges is a portrait of the author as pop cult figure--unabashed in his pursuit of fame and fortune but unstinting in his devotion to becoming one of America's major prose stylists.
These interviews range from the first he granted after the publication of his first novel through his shockingly personal self-interview which appeared at the end of his last major work.
Truman Capote: It came from St. Theresa, who said, "More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones," and I do believe that' s true, because I think when you get what you want, and you've really got it, then by the sheer nature of things, something else has to be substituted for what it was that you wanted. So in some way we come to regret ... And when St. Theresa said that "more tears were shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones," well, it's hell to get rid of an answered prayer. It can be a lover or a career or success of the kind that you've got, but it turned out to be not right. Because always there has to be something else that you want. Otherwise there's really no reason to get up in the morning.