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Who is Truman Capote?

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yourthebest | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 20, 2010 at 6:21 AM via web

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Who is Truman Capote?

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lfawley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted May 20, 2010 at 6:33 AM (Answer #1)

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Truman Capote was a writer who is best known for his work "Breakfast at Tiffany's" which went on to become a motion picture. He was all known for his flamboyant and openly gay lifestyle as well as his friendship with another openly gay playwright, Tenessee Williams and his close childhood friendship with Harper Lee who wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird." In fact, Lee modeled the character of Dill in her novel after Capote and their childhood friendship and adventures together. In return, he based his character of Ida Bell in his first novel "Other Voices, Other Rooms" on Lee.

Capote is considered by literary critics to be a southern gothic writer.

He is also known for his novel "In Cold Blood" which he considered to be a work of non-fiction. Lee helped him do his research for this piece, which is an investigative piece that details the story behind a the murder of a Kansas farm family.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 20, 2010 at 8:30 AM (Answer #2)

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Truman Capote was an American writer. He wrote short stories, novels, plays and non-fiction.  Over 20 films have been made from his works. Even as a child Capote was a very talented writer. His childhood was complicated by divorce and frequent relocation.

In 1965 he wrote a very popular non-fiction work called In Cold Blood. It was about the murder of a Kansas farm family committed by two sociopaths.

He lived an openly gay lifestyle. Capote died in 1984 due to liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication. His long time partner, Jack Dunphy, died in 1994.

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