Truman Capote (1924-1984) was an American author. His works include Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948), The Glass Harp (1951), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958), and In Cold Blood (1966).
Life and Works
Capote was born Truman Streckfus Persons on September 30, 1924, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Like many perverse writers, he was abandoned by his mother, wrote about himself obsessively, and began working for the New Yorker at a young age. In Monroeville, Alabama, he befriended Harper Lee. His mother took him in again, married to the Cuban Joe Capote, but he was an embezzler, was fired, and was imprisoned, and Capote's mother killed herself. He had been writing for a while, and published many dark stories about people with physical and mental disorders, but became successful in the late '50s with a more mature Breakfast at Tiffany's, about a Manhattan playgirl, and Cold Blood, about a murder in Kansas. He was briefly a television celebrity, but was ostracized by his friends for his satirizing them in an unfinished novel, Answered Prayers, and died August 25, 1984, in Los Angeles.
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