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Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with the man who authored In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's, as well as with nearly everyone who knew him, this absorbing, definitive biography follows Truman Capote from his eccentric childhood in Alabama to the heights of New York society. Featuring many photographs, this book also candidly recounts a gifted and celebrated writer's descent into the life of alcohol and drugs that would ultimately consume his bulldog spirit and staggering talent — but not before he'd hobnob with the likes of Grace Paley and Lee Radziwill, feud outrageously with Gore Vidal and Jacqueline Susann, and stage at New York's Plaza Hotel the sensational Black and White Ball.

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"Readers will be dazzled both by the life lived and the compelling skill with which Clarke brings [the book] before us." Publishers Weekly

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"Let it be said at the outset that the reviewers are quite right: Clarke has done a terrific job on a complex and difficult subject. He is thorough, scrupulous and fair." Washington Post

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"...Gerald Clarke's fascinating and well-written biography..." Washington Post Book World

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"An exceptionally satisfying biography of Truman Capote...." The New Yorker

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"This is a biography that is faultlessly constructed. You simply cannot stop reading it...Capote is a superb portrait and a shrewd critical evaluation...." The Sunday Times (London)

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"Capote the biography is more than worthy of Capote the man. The book transcends gossip, falling short of tragedy only to the extent that Capote himself fell short of greatness. It is an old story in American letters, never told better than here." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

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"It's probably impossible to write a bad book about Truman Capote, but Clarke has written a masterpiece...What Jimmy Breslin said in his review of In Cold Blood — 'And suddenly there is nothing else you want to read' — is the way I felt about this astonishing work." Newsday

Synopsis:

Based on interviews with the author of In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's and with nearly everyone who knew him, this absorbing, definitive, and generously illustrated biography follows Truman Capote from his eccentric childhood in Alabama to the heights of New York society. Candidly, too, it recounts a gifted and celebrated writer's descent into the life of alcohol and drugs that would ultimately consume his bulldog spirit and staggering talent.

About the Author

In many years of writing for magazines, Gerald Clarke has profiled everyone from Mae West and Elizabeth Taylor to P. G. Wodehouse and Vladimir Nabokov. Capote, his first biography, was written with the cooperation of Truman Capote himself, who spent hundreds of hours talking to him over a period of years. Though he died before it was completed, Capote lives again in Clarke's pages, which reproduce his own inimitable voice, sometimes sad, just as often hilarious.

A native of California and a graduate of Yale, Clarke now divides his time between Bridgehampton, Long Island, and Manhattan. His biography of Judy Garland will be published in 1998.

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Tristan, April 10, 2011 (view all comments by Tristan)
An epic, 600 page account of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, as a biography Capote has it all: tracking the author from his rough childhood, to the height of his literary fame, and to his descent into eccentricity in his later life, you will learn so much about the the man behind the legend that you will feel like you had a long, personal conversation with the writer himself. A must-read for any Capote worshipper and for anyone longing to learn more about a truly gifted writer.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786716616
Author:
Clarke, Gerald
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Literary
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Specific Groups - Male Gay Studies
Subject:
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Subject:
Capote, Truman
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 pages bandw photos
Pages:
636
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 26 oz

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Product details 636 pages Carroll & Graf Publishers - English 9780786716616 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Readers will be dazzled both by the life lived and the compelling skill with which Clarke brings [the book] before us." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Let it be said at the outset that the reviewers are quite right: Clarke has done a terrific job on a complex and difficult subject. He is thorough, scrupulous and fair."
"Review" by , "...Gerald Clarke's fascinating and well-written biography..."
"Review" by , "An exceptionally satisfying biography of Truman Capote...."
"Review" by , "This is a biography that is faultlessly constructed. You simply cannot stop reading it...Capote is a superb portrait and a shrewd critical evaluation...."
"Review" by , "Capote the biography is more than worthy of Capote the man. The book transcends gossip, falling short of tragedy only to the extent that Capote himself fell short of greatness. It is an old story in American letters, never told better than here."
"Review" by , "It's probably impossible to write a bad book about Truman Capote, but Clarke has written a masterpiece...What Jimmy Breslin said in his review of In Cold Blood — 'And suddenly there is nothing else you want to read' — is the way I felt about this astonishing work."
"Synopsis" by , Based on interviews with the author of In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's and with nearly everyone who knew him, this absorbing, definitive, and generously illustrated biography follows Truman Capote from his eccentric childhood in Alabama to the heights of New York society. Candidly, too, it recounts a gifted and celebrated writer's descent into the life of alcohol and drugs that would ultimately consume his bulldog spirit and staggering talent.
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