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.
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Date of Birth:
September 30, 1924
Place of Birth:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Date of Death:
August 25, 1984
|Place of Death:
Los Angeles, California
Trinity School and St. John's Academy in New York City and Greenwich High School in Connecticut
|An Original Life|
|A Winning Story Becomes a Classic Film||An Unfinished Monument|
|Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Novel & Three Stories|
This bestselling portrait of social butterfly Holly Golightly was made into a classic 1961 film by Director Blake Edwards, in which Audrey Hepburn embodied Holly's mysteriously winning style.
|Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel|
Capote's ambitious final novel of high-society gossip and intrigue was never completed, but what was finished has dazzled readers: The New Yorker wrote that Answered Prayers "teases the imagination by suggesting that there's more -- much more -- in it than we've been allowed to see."
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