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Hildhood in Alabama to the heights of New York society Featuring many photographs this book also candidly recounts a gifted and celebrated writer's descent into the life of alcohol and drugs that would ultimately consume his bulldo. A very well written biography of an enigmatic figure His orbit touched many others in the art in his time His life was sad but also intriguing His relationships with men and as interestingly the women who found something they couldn t uite define in him are well worth the readTo be an artist is to be outside the bell curve and as I often say when I present at writers conferences that doesn t mean you re on the good side of that curve Addiction is a danger for the creative As is the influence of others and our own influence on themWell worth the read

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Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with the man who authored In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's as well as with nearly everyone who knew him this absorbing definitive biography follows Truman Capote from his eccentric c. Usually biographies begin with the dutiful laboured and frankly tiresome parts the family background the growing up the education the roots and the shoots great author as 10 year old etc I always want to get past all that to the start of the action Capote is a complete exception The family circumstances the growing up the odd microscopically small place that TC grew up in which also produced another great novelist how strange can you get Harper Lee the Southern gothic trappings the lurid characters the borderline crazy constantly abandoning parents and of course being gay but not just gay being outrageously effeminately screaming ueen style gay in Alabama in the 1930s and 40s and never uite growing up so that he looked eleven when he was 20 and being only 5 feet three what a story Gerald Clarke tells it beautifully Far and away that s the best part of the bookHow TC became famous was that he mooched into the New Yorker and tried to get a job and did but got fired then mooched into Harper s Bazaar a ladies fashion magazine which happened also to publish a lot of top short fiction and got a little menial job there then pushed a couple of his short stories at them which they read from kindness and then fell of their chairs and published them In those days the late 40s and 50s short stories were big We see this when Shirley Jackson wrote The Lottery 1948 it was a major event across America very hard to believe now who the hell reads short stories now So the same thing happened with a story called Miriam by TC 1945 it s brilliant and he was 20 years old It was a smash hit After that he knocked out short stories and got busy with his first novel and started on his second and arguably important career which was charming and smarming everyone who was anyone in Manhattan The major romance between Truman and rich people was underway It was totally reuited Turns out that New York society was just waiting for a tiny Southern gay wunderkind to smother with their collective bosoms TC was the boylita of the late 1940s TC s real genius was in socialisingThat part is the least fun you can have with this biography The endless merrygoround of chichi restaurants ermine covered yachts vomitous parties lots of little dogs wonderful times in exotic jettery settery places throughout the planet can make the sensitive reader turn several shades of green which may be caused by envy or bilious reaction TC AND MAILER A FUN COMPARISONOne or the other was the Most Famous Living American Author from the 50s to the 80s but look at the difference in terms of productivity I know we don t judge value by volume but stillTotal pages of fiction by TC counting Collected Stories Other Voices The Grass Harp Breakfast at Tiffany s In Cold Blood Music for Chameleons and Answered Prayers Approximately 1500Number of pages of one single novel by Mailer Harlot s Ghost 1170If we throw in all of TC s journalism that s another 500 pages Mailer could churn out that much in a couple of months Few giant literary reps have been erected on such slender volumes as Truman sWHAT HAPPENED IN KANSASTC We would drive out to some lonely ranch or farmhouse to interview the people and almost invariably they had a television set on They seemed to keep it on twenty four hours a day They would sit there talking and never look at us They would go on looking straight at the TV screen even if there was just a station break or an advertisement If the television wasn t on if the light wasn t flickering they began to get the shakes I guess television has become an extension of people s nervous systemsIf ever anything demonstrated Truman s greatness the Kansas experience was it How this effete precious writer of lapidary prose and frothy concoctions saw a few columns about the slaughter of a family in the mid west and thought that s my next book right there And how when he went there he took with him Harper Lee And how the people of Holcombe Kansas perceived him as a freakish dwarfish New Yorker who had come to leech off their misery and how after weeks of meeting and talking and driving and not uitting Truman won all their hearts and in his words practically became the mayor of Holcombe And of course how he wrote the book itself and got intimately involved with the murderers and having spent three years writing the book and knowing he was sitting on his greatest work and the world gagging for it throwing money at him for it and not being able to publish until there was a conclusion ie the execution of the two killers and appeal after appeal until he was creased up with the horror of wanting the appeals to fail so they could be hanged and he could publish his bookTC Will Hickock and Smith live to a ripe and happy old age Or will they swing and make a lot of other folks very happy indeed For the answer to these and other suspenseful uestions tune in tomorrow to your favorite radio program Western Justice sponsored by the Slow Motion Molasses Company a Kansas productClarke His entire future awaited their walk to the Big SwingTC As you may have heard the Supreme Court denied the appeals this for the third damn time so maybe something will soon happen I ve been disappointed so many times I hardly dare hopeAt the last moment their lawyer suggested to him that they might get a new trial and eventually be releasedTC And I thought yes and I hope you re the first one they bump off you sonofabitchThe whole process took six years They would write him hundreds of letters Forty two months without exercise radio movies sunshine or any physical means of occupation is a steady strain on a man s nervous system In Cold Blood was a book which inspired three entirely separate films the one with the same name plus Capote plus Infamous A STRANGE OMISSIONThere s not one word about the persistent rumour that TC had a hand in the writing of To Kill a Mockingbird You might think Mr Clarke would address this curious part of the TC legend but no not a word This is an understandable canard by the way Harper Lee came out of nowhere and wrote America s favourite novel and went back to nowhere and the only thing anyone knew about her was that she co incidentally came from the same tiny tiny town and was a friend of TC who was a brilliant author And she never wrote anything else It turns out that TC had nothing to do with TKAM but of course Harper Lee had a whole basketful to do with the creation of In Cold BloodWHAT HAPPENED AFTER KANSASICB was a huge success TC got very rich and even famous because six people died horribly Well I guess every journalist makes a living off other people dying ICB is a great book and an original one too No one had thought that crime deserved the attention of the literate world before Crime was previously just for fun like Miss Marples ICB was not funAlso what happened after Kansas was a long slow and then uick slide into oblivion He never published anything substantial again 18 years of footling around In 1967 he announced he was witing a dark comedy about high society called Answered Prayers there are tears shed about answered prayers than unanswered ones and he received 25 grand advance from the publishers and 350 grand from 20th Century Fox for the picture rights without anyone seeing a line of it And no one did see a line of it for many many years In 1969 Random House gave him a 750000 advance against his next three books which he didn t write His private life was a series of inappropriate dumpy boring middle aged boyfriends who none of his many glamorous friends could figure out or make conversation with He became a full time drunk and pillhead The last 100 pages of this book are a torture to read Old man Capote smokes his peyote One little whiff and he s right back in Tiffany s Actually peyote was one drug he didn t try So there are stories about wanting to hire heavies to break his ex boyfriend s legs or about threatening to sue an ex boyfriend to get the capped teeth back TC had paid for They re my teeth and I want them I want to string them on a necklace round my neck Stories about TC bragging so much about the physical ualities of his latest boyfriend that when the said guy conked out at a party another guest went into the room where he was sprawled and unzipped him and took a look It s pretty good TC wasn t exaggerating Endless hospitalisations endless brouhahas TC incoherent on a tv chat show TC falling down in public TC crashing cars TC dead El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro just gay being outrageously effeminately screaming ueen style gay in Alabama in the 1930s and 40s and never uite growing up so that he looked eleven when he was 20 and being only 5 feet three what a story Gerald Clarke tells it beautifully Far and away that s the best part of the bookHow TC became famous was that he mooched into the New Yorker and tried to get a Fragonard Art and Eroticism job and did but got fired then mooched into Harper s Bazaar a ladies fashion magazine which happened also to publish a lot of top short fiction and got a little menial Mao Zedong job there then pushed a couple of his short stories at them which they read from kindness and then fell of their chairs and published them In those days the late 40s and 50s short stories were big We see this when Shirley Jackson wrote The Lottery 1948 it was a major event across America very hard to believe now who the hell reads short stories now So the same thing happened with a story called Miriam by TC 1945 it s brilliant and he was 20 years old It was a smash hit After that he knocked out short stories and got busy with his first novel and started on his second and arguably important career which was charming and smarming everyone who was anyone in Manhattan The major romance between Truman and rich people was underway It was totally reuited Turns out that New York society was The Monarchs Are Missing just waiting for a tiny Southern gay wunderkind to smother with their collective bosoms TC was the boylita of the late 1940s TC s real genius was in socialisingThat part is the least fun you can have with this biography The endless merrygoround of chichi restaurants ermine covered yachts vomitous parties lots of little dogs wonderful times in exotic Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding judge value by volume but stillTotal pages of fiction by TC counting Collected Stories Other Voices The Grass Harp Breakfast at Tiffany s In Cold Blood Music for Chameleons and Answered Prayers Approximately 1500Number of pages of one single novel by Mailer Harlot s Ghost 1170If we throw in all of TC s Love is Blind journalism that s another 500 pages Mailer could churn out that much in a couple of months Few giant literary reps have been erected on such slender volumes as Truman sWHAT HAPPENED IN KANSASTC We would drive out to some lonely ranch or farmhouse to interview the people and almost invariably they had a television set on They seemed to keep it on twenty four hours a day They would sit there talking and never look at us They would go on looking straight at the TV screen even if there was Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia just a station break or an advertisement If the television wasn t on if the light wasn t flickering they began to get the shakes I guess television has become an extension of people s nervous systemsIf ever anything demonstrated Truman s greatness the Kansas experience was it How this effete precious writer of lapidary prose and frothy concoctions saw a few columns about the slaughter of a family in the mid west and thought that s my next book right there And how when he went there he took with him Harper Lee And how the people of Holcombe Kansas perceived him as a freakish dwarfish New Yorker who had come to leech off their misery and how after weeks of meeting and talking and driving and not uitting Truman won all their hearts and in his words practically became the mayor of Holcombe And of course how he wrote the book itself and got intimately involved with the murderers and having spent three years writing the book and knowing he was sitting on his greatest work and the world gagging for it throwing money at him for it and not being able to publish until there was a conclusion ie the execution of the two killers and appeal after appeal until he was creased up with the horror of wanting the appeals to fail so they could be hanged and he could publish his bookTC Will Hickock and Smith live to a ripe and happy old age Or will they swing and make a lot of other folks very happy indeed For the answer to these and other suspenseful uestions tune in tomorrow to your favorite radio program Western Justice sponsored by the Slow Motion Molasses Company a Kansas productClarke His entire future awaited their walk to the Big SwingTC As you may have heard the Supreme Court denied the appeals this for the third damn time so maybe something will soon happen I ve been disappointed so many times I hardly dare hopeAt the last moment their lawyer suggested to him that they might get a new trial and eventually be releasedTC And I thought yes and I hope you re the first one they bump off you sonofabitchThe whole process took six years They would write him hundreds of letters Forty two months without exercise radio movies sunshine or any physical means of occupation is a steady strain on a man s nervous system In Cold Blood was a book which inspired three entirely separate films the one with the same name plus Capote plus Infamous A STRANGE OMISSIONThere s not one word about the persistent rumour that TC had a hand in the writing of To Kill a Mockingbird You might think Mr Clarke would address this curious part of the TC legend but no not a word This is an understandable canard by the way Harper Lee came out of nowhere and wrote America s favourite novel and went back to nowhere and the only thing anyone knew about her was that she co incidentally came from the same tiny tiny town and was a friend of TC who was a brilliant author And she never wrote anything else It turns out that TC had nothing to do with TKAM but of course Harper Lee had a whole basketful to do with the creation of In Cold BloodWHAT HAPPENED AFTER KANSASICB was a huge success TC got very rich and even famous because six people died horribly Well I guess every Sea Witch Rising Sea Witch journalist makes a living off other people dying ICB is a great book and an original one too No one had thought that crime deserved the attention of the literate world before Crime was previously

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G spirit and staggering talent but not before he'd hobnob with the likes of Grace Paley and Lee Radziwill feud outrageously with Gore Vidal and Jacueline Susann and stage at New York's Plaza Hotel the sensational Black and White Ba. In my opinion the author assesses various aspects of his life appropriately but leaves some areas grossly underrepresented or wrongly assessed For a concrete example of this Capote s adolescent experiences of being the victim of coerced sex by boys is playfully written off as relatively innocent forays spellcheck into sexuality Since when is coerced sex relatively innocent I guess he s thinking boys will be boys His experiences with a pedophile teacher I felt were also grossly underplayed DO NOT read this book if you are planning to read Other Voices Other Rooms author gives away story I also had an issue with authors interpretation of Other Voices I think he missed some crucial elements Enjoyed the book but found it unbalanced Read this with a critical eyeit has some glaring flaws but great nonetheless


10 thoughts on “Capote A Biography

  1. says:

    Usually biographies begin with the dutiful laboured and frankly tiresome parts – the family background the growing up the education the roots and the shoots great author as 10 year old etc I always want to get past all that to the start of the action Capote is a complete exception The family circumstances the growing u

  2. says:

    Truman Capote died at age 59 in 1984; this 1988 biography by TIME writer Gerald Clarke despite a welter of Capote books conc

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    Capote Gerald Clarke's Literary BiographyIt took me a hellishly long time to read this book Of course I was reading it in conjuncti

  4. says:

    Truman Capote was an absurd little troll He was self absorbed self pitying envious and prone to alcohol abuseHe

  5. says:

    45 interesting book i loved it

  6. says:

    A very well written biography of an enigmatic figure His orbit touched many others in the art in his time His life was sad but also intriguing His relationships with men and as interestingly the women who found something they couldn't uite define in him are well worth the readTo be an artist is to be outside the bell curve and as I often say when I present at writers conferences that doesn't mean you're on the good side of that cu

  7. says:

    A very well written and extensive biography of the celebrated American author Truman Capote was a very gregarious person and was always the life of any gathering or party except towards the end of his life When he traveled whether to New Yor

  8. says:

    In my opinion the author assesses various aspects of his life appropriately but leaves some areas grossly underrepresented or wrongl

  9. says:

    Not surprisingly Truman Capote knew hundreds of famous peopleAnd Gerald Clarke introduces every single one of them with a mini bio of his or her ownUnfortunately Clarke doesn't use Capote's groundbreaking nonfiction novel techniue in

  10. says:

    if you are going to read one book on capote this is it please excuse the hackneyed phrase but it will make you laugh and cr

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