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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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During his last few years, Capote's appearances in the gossip columns and magazines were pathetic, featuring pictures of him being led off the stage incoherently drunk at a reading, being carried comatose from his apartment after an overdose, snorting coke with Steve Rubell and Bianca Jagger at Studio 54.
In honor of what would have been Capote's eightieth birthday, Random House and its subsidiary, the Modern Library, are doing an important service for their troublesome but lucrative author by bringing out a collection of his letters, edited by his biographer Gerald Clarke, and by producing new editions of his first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, and The Complete Stories of Truman Capote.
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.
The Faulks loved the precocious little boy--"He is the sunshine of our home" said one of the old cousins--and he formed a strong bond with the odd Miss Sook Faulk, who was later to make an unforgettable appearance as "my friend" in "A Christmas Memory." 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.
Lillie Mae had moved up in the world: married to a Cuban businessman, Joe Capote, she had changed her name to Nina and now lived on Park Avenue.