Truman Capote

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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).[1]

Life and Works

Capote was born Truman Streckfus Persons on September 30, 1924, in New Orleans, Louisiana.[2] 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.[3] In Monroeville, Alabama, he befriended Harper Lee.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]