The Complete Stories of Truman Capote

The Complete Stories of Truman Capote

Book - 2004
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Most readers know Truman Capote as the author of Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood ; or they remember his notorious social life and wild and witty public appearances. But he was also the author of superb short tales that were as elegant as they were heartfelt, as grotesque as they were compassionate. Now, on the occasion of what would have been his eightieth birthday, the Modern Library presents the first collection that includes all of Capote's short fiction-a volume that confirms his status as one of the masters of this form.

Among the selections are "A Tree of Night," in which an innocent student, sitting on a train beside a slatternly woman and her deaf-mute companion, enters a seductive nightmare that brings back the deepest fears of childhood . . . "House of Flowers," the inspiration for a celebrated Broadway musical, which tells of a superstitious prostitute who learns to love in a way no one else can ever understand . . . the holiday perennial "A Christmas Memory," famously adapted into a superb made-for-TV movie . . . and "The Bargain," Capote's melancholy, never-before-published 1950 story about a suburban housewife's shifting fortunes.

From the gothic South to the chic East Coast, from rural children to aging urban sophisticates, all the unforgettable places and people of Capote's oeuvre are captured in this first-ever compendium. The Collected Stories of Truman Capote should restore its author to a place above mere celebrity, to the highest levels of American letters.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2004.
Edition: Modern Library ed.
ISBN: 9780679643104
Call Number: CAPOTE
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Short stories.
Additional Contributors: Price, Reynolds 1933-2011.
Alternative Title: Truman Capote


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Jun 29, 2019

For the most part - I certainly found many of Capote's stories to be quite thought-provoking and often brimming with keen, intelligent insights.

I certainly can't say that I was at all disappointed with Capote's work. Although the overall tone of his writing in his latter years did tend to take on a rather hateful mood in its narration.

3 of my favorites in this collection of 20 stories were - The Headless Hawk (1946), Children On Their Birthdays (1948), and A Christmas Memory (1956).

Oct 06, 2017

Hello, darlings - I quite liked most of the 20 stories in this Truman Capote compilation. Capote certainly had a likeable writing style, though his subject matter did tend to be repetitive.

Mar 08, 2017

A nice collection of Truman Capote's stories. All worth reading. My favorites were "A Christmas Memory" and "A Diamond Guitar."

Jul 14, 2015

This complete, short stories collection of Truman Capote's work contains twenty tales of fiction in all (from the years between 1943 to 1982).

Many of Capote's stories were semi-autobiographical in nature. Capote had a knack for skilfully mixing fact with fiction as he carefully recounted his childhood memories, growing up as a lonely, and decidedly troubled boy in New Orleans.

(*Truman Trivia Time*) - Born in 1924, Truman Capote (though poorly educated) showed an intense interest in writing from the early age of 11.

Throughout all of his adult life, Truman (who was very effeminate both in his speech and in his mannerisms) was openly gay and very promiscuous.

In 1984, Truman Capote died, at the age of 59, of liver cancer, which had been brought on by both chronic drug and alcohol abuse over many years.

Feb 15, 2014

Interesting reading these early works.
They weren't as good as I hoped, but they weren't horrible either.Perhaps because they tend to be just sketches, that tease but do not satisfy.

These stories pale in contrast to the early stories of, say, D.H. Lawrence.

Jan 10, 2014

I didn't know much about Capote when I got this book, and I didn't expect much. After reading the bio in the book, my expectations were lowered a bit. But I now know Capote was a gifted writer: creative, thoughtful, wise, nonjudgemental, sentimental, funny and poetic.


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