Search Results: "Truman Capote"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 1997

"Capote's flamboyant, fascinating life as related by other voices, other views. (60 b&w photos, not seen)"
Less a literary convocation than an A-list gab-fest, this volume is filled over the brim with three things Capote cared deeply about: gossip, name-dropping, and himself. Read full book review >

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THE EARLY STORIES OF TRUMAN CAPOTE by Truman Capote
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Students of both Capote and the short story will find this instructive and entertaining—and, if somewhat unformed still, very readable all the same."
Gathering of the great American prose stylist's earliest pieces, published for the first time. Read full book review >

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SELECTED WRITINGS OF TRUMAN CAPOTE by Truman Capote
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 1, 1963

"Not an unrewarding prospect at all."
Surprisingly enough, these Truman Capote writings cover 20 years; one would not have thought he'd been at bat that long. Read full book review >

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THE COLLECTED STORIES OF TRUMAN CAPOTE by Truman Capote
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

"Though the late Capote became a pathetic self-caricature, the one who wrote these brilliant stories deserves to be remembered. (Also see Gerald Clarke's Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote, p. 720.)"
Twenty stories that reflect the late (1924-84) journalist and storyteller's graceful vacillations among urban horror stories, Southern Gothic local color and melodrama, and limpid memory pieces. Read full book review >

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OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS by Truman Capote
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 1947

"The 'journey' progresses from uneasiness to madness, as Joel sees his father, hopelessly invalided and speechless, and learns from Randolph of the shooting which had crippled his father, and watches the gradual deterioration of Randolph, etc. Grotesque, experimental, for a limited audience of initiates, who may, possibly, have encountered this writer first in a Martha Foley collection of 'Bests.'"
A distorted, hallucinatory and—for the common reader—only dubiously intelligible interlude in the childhood of a young boy, Joel Knox, his "journey through dying rooms" as he leaves New Orleans to find his father at Scully's Landing. Read full book review >

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PORTRAITS AND OBSERVATIONS by Truman Capote
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 27, 2007

"Capote's about due for a revival. This is the sampler to spark it."
"I'd never known anyone who wrote," Capote once remarked of his small-town Southern childhood, the start of many a story. "Indeed, I knew few people who read." Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1973

Capote thinks of himself as "a planet wanderer" — a man who keeps musing along no matter the consequences (Gide told him, remember the Arab proverb: "The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on") and these selections from his writings represent where he's been, "a prose map, a written geography of my life over the last three decades, more or less from 1942 to 1972. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 28, 1949

"The market is obvious, from his first."
Doubtful- yes- for the critical reception accorded Truman Capote last year- and the sensational success of his first book will establish acceptance, in many quarters, for this, his second. Read full book review >

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SUMMER CROSSING by Truman Capote
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"A wonderful discovery for the scholars, who will find Capote in possession, in his early 20s, of a confident voice and fine storytelling skills. But Capote is for readers, and here they will find a pleasing—if surely dated—entertainment."
A work of literary archaeology that reckons, in a roundabout way, as Capote's debut—save that he put it aside to work on Other Voices, Other Rooms, and this elegant, brief novel was lost. Read full book review >

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ANSWERED PRAYERS by Truman Capote
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 1987

"But the overall effect, somewhat wearying even at novella length, is shiny and shallow—with nothing to suggest that a completed Answered Prayers would have been anything like a masterpiece."
Published in Esquire in the mid-1970's but never before in book form, here are the three extant chapters from Capote's notorious, never-finished "non-fiction novel" about his society/literary friends—part roman á clef, part naked gossip using real names. Read full book review >

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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S by Truman Capote
Released: Oct. 28, 1959

"These stories are gentle, delicate and almost sound."
Excursions into other worlds of other depths have been the source material and trademark of Capote's literary career. Read full book review >

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TRUMAN by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 1992

"Rich in detail, enthralling, and moving: a classic Presidential biography."
A gargantuan but surprisingly agile and spellbinding biography of the plain-speaking, plain-dealing Man from Missouri. Read full book review >