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Capote

Truman. 1924--84, US writer; his novels include Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948) and In Cold Blood (1964), based on an actual multiple murder
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Norman Mailer's judgment that Capote was the most perfect writer of their generation--"he writes the best sentences word for word, rhythm upon rhythm"--seems true and just.
Capote decided upon his literary vocation in early childhood and never looked back.
Though Capote never wrote an autobiography, parts of his childhood are quite faithfully recorded in his novel The Grass Harp and his stories "A Christmas Memory" "The Thanksgiving Visitor" and "One Christmas" all included in this anthology-and also in his childhood friend Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, where he appears as the strange little Dill.
Capote later acknowledged that it would probably have been better for him if his mother had simply let him spend the rest of his childhood there.
Truman left the Faulks to become a part of the Capote household, at least on sufferance.
The first of Capote's stories really to make a hit was "Miriam" (1945: Capote was twenty, years old), a creepy little tale about an aging spinster whose life is taken over by an evil, controlling child who just might be a projection of her own mind or soul.
It's a long time since I've read anybody with such a specific gift for writing--like a musician's for music,' Ideas that Capote were to articulate a decade later in his Paris Review interview are well illustrated by even his earliest stories: "Writing has laws of perspective" he said, "of light and shade, just as painting does, or music,' He also expressed his belief that a story "can be wrecked by a faulty rhythm in a sentence-especially if it occurs toward the end--or a mistake in paragraphing, even punctuation.
At this magic moment of his life, Capote carried all before him.
At Yaddo, where he spent several weeks during the summer of 1946 working on Other Voices, Other Rooms, Capote cut a swath that has never quite been equaled.