Early Stories Of Truman Capote, The

Early Stories Of Truman Capote, The

by Truman Capote

Hardback Publication Date: 04/01/2016

Recently discovered in the archives of the New York Public Library, these short stories give a rare new insight into the young Truman Capote, writing as an adolescent and a young man before he became one of the twentieth century's most celebrated literary voices. Spare yet heartfelt, witty yet raw, the stories in this collection display Capote's genius for creating unforgettable characters built of complexity and yearning. Capote was always drawn to outsiders - women, children, African Americans, the poor - because he felt like one himself from a very early age. Here we see Capote's powers of empathy developing as he depicts his characters struggling at the margins of their known worlds. A boy experiences the violence of adulthood when he pursues an escaped convict into the woods. Petty jealousies lead to a life-altering event for a popular girl at Miss Burke's Academy for Young Ladies. A woman fights to save the life of a child who has her lover's eyes. There are tales of crimes and violence; of racism and injustice; of poverty and despair. And there are tales of generosity and tenderness; compassion and connection; wit and wonder. With a Foreword by the celebrated New Yorker critic Hilton Als, this volume of early stories is essential for understanding how a boy from Monroeville, Alabama, became a legend in American letters. 'One of the century's greatest storytellers.' Independent 'An unbridled genius.' Los Angeles Times 'Truman Capote is the most perfect writer of my generation.' Norman Mailer 'There is a depth and clarity to his writing that captivates the reader.' Sunday Times 'A master writer . . . makes the heart sing and the narrative fly.'' The New York Times
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Penguin UK
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Truman Capote

Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1924 and was raised in various parts of the south, his family spending winters in New Orleans and summers in Alabama and New Georgia.

By the age of fourteen he had already started writing short stories, some of which were published. He left school when he was fifteen and subsequently worked for the New Yorker which provided his first - and last - regular job.

Following his spell with the New Yorker, Capote spent two years on a Louisiana farm where he wrote Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948). He lived, at one time or another, in Greece, Italy, Africa and the West Indies, and travelled in Russia and the Orient.

He is the author of many highly praised books, including A Tree of Night and Other Stories (1949), The Grass Harp (1951), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958), In Cold Blood (1965), which immediately became the centre of a storm of controversy on its publication, Music for Chameleons (1980) and Answered Prayers (1986), all of which are published by Penguin. Truman Capote died in August 1984.

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