Synopses & Reviews
Set on the outskirts of a small Southern town, The Grass Harp
tells the story of three endearing misfits an orphaned boy and two whimsical old ladies who one day take up residence in a tree house. As they pass sweet yet hazardous hours in a china tree, The Grass Harp
manages to convey all the pleasures and responsibilities of freedom. But most of all it teaches us about the sacredness of love, "that love is a chain of love, as nature is a chain of life."
This volume also includes Capote's A Tree of Night and Other Stories, which the Washington Post called "unobstrusively beautiful...a superlative book."
"Remarkable...infused with a tender laughter, charming human warmth, [and] a feeling for the positive quality of life." New York Herald Tribune
Set in a small Southern town in the 1930s, this classic work tells the story of three endearing misfits--an orphaned boy and two whimsical old ladies--who one day take up residence in a tree house. Now a major motion picture from Fine Line Features, starring Sissy Spacek, Walter Matthau, Piper Laurie, and Nell Carter.
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.
Table of Contents
The grass harp -- A tree of night and other stories --Master Misery -- Children on their birthdays -- Shut a final door -- Jug of silver -- Miriam -- The headless hawk -- My side of the matter -- A tree of night.