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Thought to be lost for over 50 years, here is the first novel by one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.
Set in New York during the summer of 1945, this is the story of a young carefree socialite, Grady, who must make serious decisions about the romance she is dangerously pursuing and the effect it will have on everyone involved.
Fans of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Capote’s short stories will be thrilled to read Summer Crossing.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Series:||Modern Library Paperbacks Series|
|Edition description:||Modern Library Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.15(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.41(d)|
About the Author
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 memiors 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.
Date of Birth:September 30, 1924
Date of Death:August 25, 1984
Place of Birth:New Orleans, Louisiana
Place of Death:Los Angeles, California
Education:Trinity School and St. John's Academy in New York City and Greenwich High School in Connecticut
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I came across this book at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, in Paris while on vacation. I must say that i'm very happy to have found it. The writing here is striking, nervously alive and scrumptiously seductive. The story is set in New York City just after World War II. The main character is Grady McNeil who is beautiful and rich - the kind of girl people want to be introduced to, the daughter of an important man. But the privileged society life of parties, debutantes and dresses leaves her wanting more. Summer Crossing is a precocious, confident novel by one of the twentieth centuty's greatest writers. If you like this book then you'll definatley like Breakfast at Tiffany's, also by Truman Capote.
It is, indeed, too brief a treat. The book that Capote never wanted published saw the light, and we are all the better for it. This is the typical case of an artist so monumentally talented that, even in a piece of work he may have underestimated, the public finds a unique treasure. By all means, read it. It is a startingly beautiful novel.