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Truman Capote

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Truman Capote was a native of New Orleans, where he was born on September 30, 1924. His first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, was an international literary success when first published in 1948, and accorded the author a prominent place among the writers of America's postwar generation. He sustained this position subsequently with short-story collections (A Tree of Night, among others), novels and novellas (The Grass Harp and Breakfast at Tiffany's), some of the best travel writing of our time (Local Color), profiles and reportage that appeared originally in The New Yorker (The Duke in His Domain and The Muses Are Heard), a true-crime masterpiece (In Cold Blood), several short memoirs about his childhood in the South (A Christmas Memory, The Thanksgiving Visitor and One Christmas), two plays (The Grass Harp and House of Flowers) and two films (Beat the Devil and The Innocents).

Mr. Capote twice won the O. Henry Memorial Short Story Prize and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died in August 1984, shortly before his sixtieth birthday.

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Answered Prayers

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $15.00

Although Truman Capote’s last novel was unfinished at the time of his death, its surviving portions offer a devastating group portrait of the high and low society of his time.

As it follows the career of a writer of uncertain parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar... Read more >

Answered Prayes

Written by Truman Capote


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Breakfast at Tiffany's & Other Voices, Other Rooms
Two Novels
Written by Truman Capote


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 5, 2013
Price: $21.00

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Breakfast at Tiffany's
A Short Novel and Three Stories
Written by Truman Capote


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 13, 1994
Price: $16.00

Contains:

Breakfast at Tiffany's
House of Flowers
A Diamond Guitar
A Christmas Memory Read more >
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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 1993
Price: $14.00

This volume includes three of Capote's best-known stories, "House of Flowers, " "A Diamond Guitar, " and "A Christmas Memory, " in addition to his bestselling novel, Breakfast at Tiffany, the popular story of Holly Golightly--"a cross between Lolita and Auntie Mame" (Time). Read more >
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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Written by Truman Capote


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $9.99

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A Christmas Memory

Written by Truman Capote
Illustrated by Beth Peck


Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $18.99

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A Christmas Memory

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 12, 1996
Price: $15.95

Available for the first time in a single volume are the three holiday stories that Truman Capote regarded as among his greatest works of short fiction. Two of these childhood memoirs--"A Christmas Memory" and "The Thanksgiving Visitor"-- center on the author's early years with a family of distant relatives in rural... Read more >
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A Christmas Memory

Written by Truman Capote


Format: eBook, 48 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $10.99

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A Christmas Memory

Written by Truman Capote


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 12, 2012
Price: $9.99

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The Complete Stories of Truman Capote

Written by Truman Capote
Introduction by Reynolds Price


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 21, 2004
Price: $26.00

Includes the never-before published short story, “The Bargain”.

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... Read more >
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The Complete Stories

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $23.00

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The Complete Stories of Truman Capote

Written by Truman Capote
Introduction by Reynolds Price


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $15.00

A landmark collection that brings together Truman Capote’s life’s work in the form he called his “great love,” The Complete Stories confirms Capote’s status as a master of the the short story. This first-ever compendium features a never-before-published 1950 story, “The Bargain,” as well as an introduction by Reynolds Price. Ranging... Read more >
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The Complete Stories of Truman Capote

Written by Truman Capote
Introduction by Reynolds Price


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Grass Harp

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 28, 1993
Price: $15.00

Set on the outskirts of a small Southern town, The Grass Harp tells the story of three endearing misfits—an orphaned boy and two whimsical old ladies—who one day take up residence in a tree house. As they pass sweet yet hazardous hours in a china tree, The Grass Harp manages to... Read more >
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The Grass Harp

Written by Truman Capote


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $11.99

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In Cold Blood

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 19, 2013
Price: $23.00

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In Cold Blood

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 1, 1994
Price: $15.00

This is a new edition of Capote's true crime masterpiece: the riveting re-creation of the brutal slaying of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas.  As Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy.



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In Cold Blood

Written by Truman Capote


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 9, 2001
Price: $11.99

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Music for Chameleons

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $15.00

In these gems of reportage Truman Capote takes true stories and real people and renders then with the stylistic brio we expect from great fiction. Here we encounter an exquisitely preserved Creole aristocrat sipping absinthe in her Martinique salon; an enigmatic killer who sends his victims announcements of their forthcoming demise... Read more >

Music For Chameleons

Written by Truman Capote


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Other Voices, Other Rooms

Written by Truman Capote


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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Other Voices, Other Rooms

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 1, 1994
Price: $15.00

Truman Capote’s first novel is a story of almost supernatural intensity and inventiveness, an audacious foray into the mind of a sensitve boy as he seeks out the grown-up enigmas of love and death in the ghostly landscape of the deep South.

At the age of twelve, Joel Knox is summoned... Read more >
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Portraits and Observations

Written by Truman Capote


Format: Hardcover, 672 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $23.00

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Portraits and Observations
The Essays of Truman Capote
Written by Truman Capote


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 11, 2008
Price: $18.00

Perhaps no twentieth-century writer was so observant and graceful a chronicler of his times as Truman Capote. Portraits and Observations is the first volume devoted solely to all the essays ever published by this most beloved of writers. Included are such masterpieces of narrative nonfiction as “The Muses Are Heard” and... Read more >
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