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Truman Capote

Persons To Capote, Breakfast At Tiffany's, In Cold Blood, True Crime, Fall From Grace

Born September 30, 1924 (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Died August 25, 1984 (Los Angeles, California)


Truman Capote was an author who became famous as much for his eccentric personality as for his writing. Capote initially wrote dark, mystical fiction but later shifted toward nonfiction. He preferred writing more about people and places than about issues or ideas. Capote's professional reputation was established when he helped create a new literary form known as the nonfiction novel in 1966 with his book In Cold Blood about the brutal murder of a Kansas family. It is a style of writing that combines literature, with its creative license, and journalism, which adheres to the facts.

"We will never know the reasons for what eventually happened, why he did what he did, but I still hurt thinking of it. It was such a waste."

For More Information


Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. New York: Random House, 1965.

Clarke, Gerald. Capote: A Biography. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988.

Garson, Helen S. Truman Capote. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Company, 1980.

Moates, Marianne M. A Bridge of Childhood: Truman Capote's Southern Years. New York: Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1989.

Web Site

"American Masters: Truman Capote." Public Broadcasting Service. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/capote_t.html (accessed on August 15, 2004).

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