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By Gerald Clarke

One of many most powerful fiction writers of his new release, Truman Capote turned a literary celebrity whereas nonetheless in his young people. His so much extraordinary successes comprise Breakfast at Tiffany’s; In chilly Blood; and different Voices, different Rooms. Even whereas his literary achievements have been atmosphere the criteria that different fiction and nonfiction writers may persist with for generations, Capote descended right into a spiral of self-destruction and despair.

This biography by means of Gerald Clarke was once first released in 1988—just 4 years after Capote’s loss of life. It was once the foundation for Capote, the 2005 movie starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, who received an Academy Award for his performance.

Clarke paints a shiny behind-the-scenes photograph of Capote’s life—based on countless numbers of hours of in-depth interviews with Capote himself and the folks on the subject of him. From the glittering heights of notoriety and events with the wealthy and recognized to his later struggles with habit, Capote emerges as a richly multidimensional person—both significant and flawed.


Gerald Clarke graduated from Yale as an English and American Literature significant. After a quick stint at Harvard legislations, he became to journalism and wrote for Time journal, Rolling Stone, the recent Republic, and Esquire, between others. because the express company author for Time, he interviewed a few of his generation’s most famed people—including Mae West, Elizabeth Taylor, Raquel Welch, Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas, and George Burns.

Intrigued by means of the operating behavior and artistic genius of different writers, he begun a chain of in-depth profiles of recognized authors—such as Allen Ginsburg, Gore Vidal, P.G. Wodehouse, Vladimir Nabokov, and Truman Capote. His profile of Capote grew to become a full-fledged biography—with Clarke serving as a witness to the ultimate ten years of the author’s existence.

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