How can Truman Capote be compared to Perry Edward Smith in the book In Cold Blood?

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Truman Capote, the author, had a similar upbringing in some ways to Perry Edward Smith. Like Smith, Capote's parents separated when he was young. He was sent to live with his mother's family in Alabama, where he was friends with a young Harper Lee—the future author of To Kill A Mockingbird. Though Capote later moved to New York City with his mother and stepfather, his mother was not a steady presence in his life, and she developed problems with alcohol. Lonely as a child, he turned to writing as consolation.

Perry Smith also had a transient childhood. His parents were...

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