Synopses & Reviews
An American original, Truman Capote was one of the best writers of his generation, a superb and almost matchless stylist. His short stories made him a literary celebrity while still in his teens, and for the next thirty years he was a comet of genius, fame, and finally self-destruction. His first novel, andlt;Iandgt;Other Voices, Other Rooms, andlt;/Iandgt;published in 1948, was followed ten years later by andlt;Iandgt;Breakfast at Tiffanyand#8217;s, andlt;/Iandgt;which introduced to the world one of American literatureand#8217;s most endearing heroines, the irrepressible Holly Golightly. In the 1960s came the phenomenal success of andlt;Iandgt;In Cold Blood, andlt;/Iandgt;a true-crime story whose novelistic techniques have influenced non-fiction writers ever since. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;A much-sought-after dinner guest among the rich and famous, Capote reciprocated in 1966 with a party that made headlines, his black-and-white ball at Manhattanand#8217;s Plaza Hotel. The trauma of researching and writing andlt;Iandgt;In Cold Blood andlt;/Iandgt;had shaken him, however, and even as he reached the heights, Capote was beginning a losing battle with drugs and alcohol. In 1975 he published a chapter from an uncompleted novel, andlt;Iandgt;Answered Prayers, andlt;/Iandgt;in andlt;Iandgt;Esquire andlt;/Iandgt;magazine. The unflattering, thinly disguised portraits of some of his rich friends provoked a furious reaction, and the comet that had risen so swiftly fell even faster. Capote died in 1984, just short of his sixtieth birthday.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Capoteand#8217;s is an astonishing story, and Gerald Clarkeand#8217;s biography, first published in 1988, tells it in all its many dimensions. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with Capote himself, as well as interviews with nearly everyone else who knew him, it is now recognized as a masterpiece of literary art.
and#8220;A book of extraordinary substance, a study rich in intelligence and compassion....To read andlt;iandgt;Capoteandlt;/iandgt; is to have the sense that someone has put together all the important pieces of this consummate artistand#8217;s life, has given everything its due emphasis, and comprehended its ultimate meaning.and#8221; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;and#8212;Bruce Bawer, andlt;iandgt;The Wall Street Journalandlt;/iandgt;
andlt;divandgt;"Mesmerizing. . . . The book reads as if it had been written alongside the life, rather than after it."
and#8220;Engrossing, vivid, beautifully written, a large-scale portrait of the rich and famous. . . This is literary biography the way it should be written, as rich and densely textured as a novel.and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;and#8212;James Atlas, andlt;iandgt;Vogueandlt;/iandgt;
"Mesmerizing. . . . The book reads as if it had been written alongside the life, rather than after it." andlt;BRandgt; --Molly Haskell, andlt;iandgt;The New York Times Book Reviewandlt;/iandgt;
The best-selling biography of writer Truman Capote, basis for the film Capote, is now available in a Simon & Schuster trade paperback edition.
About the Author
Gerald Clarke is the author of andlt;iandgt;Capote: A Biographyandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garlandandlt;/iandgt;. He has also written for many publications, including andlt;iandgt;The Atlantic, The New Republic, Rolling Stone,andlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;Architectural Digest,andnbsp;andlt;/iandgt;where he is a contributor;andlt;iandgt;andnbsp;Time,andlt;/iandgt; where he was a senior writer; and andlt;iandgt;Esquireandlt;/iandgt;. A graduate of Yale, he now lives in Bridgehampton, New York.