Would you consider "Fred" to be a succesful author or a failure?

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Truman Capote's novella, "Breakfast at Tiffany's," can be interpreted as loosely autobiographical, if one is familiar with his personal story and his relationship to a young Norma Jean Mortenson, later known as Marylin Monroe.  It has been suggested that the characterwho  Holly Golightly insists on calling "Fred" is, consequently, a representation of Capote himself, in his early years.

Whether one considers the character "Fred" a success or failure as an author is entirely a matter of perspective.  If "success" is defined entirely in commercial terms -- in other word, how many volumes of his book are sold -- than he was clearly not a success.  If "success" is defined in critical terms, than he could, indeed, be considered a successful author.  Most authors endure a series of rejections from publishers before finally selling a book.  That is not necessarily a rejection of writing ability so much as a concern on the part of publishers that there might be insufficient interest in the subject matter to warrant publication.  "Fred" actually was published, thereby indicating his early promise as a writer.

Truman Capote's novella is considerably more cynical than the 1961 film adaptation.  The fundamentals of the story, however, are reflected in the film.

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