Literary Techniques

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Characteristic of Capote's technique is his extensive use of nature symbolism. The grass harp itself is the most important symbol. A tract of...

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Ideas for Group Discussions

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Like most of Capote's novels, The Grass Harp features eccentric characters, themes of misdirected love and individual isolation,...

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Social Concerns

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In The Grass Harp, Capote raises the issue of society's attitudes toward the disabled, race, religion, the elderly, and family. Collin...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Bloom, Harold, ed. Truman Capote. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2003.

Brinnin, John Malcolm. Truman Capote: Dear Heart, Old Buddy. Rev. ed. New York: Delacorte Press, 1986.

Clarke, Gerald. Capote: A Biography. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988.

Dunphy, Jack.“Dear Genius”: A Memoir of My Life with Truman Capote. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1989.

Garson, Helen S. Truman Capote: A Study of the Short Fiction. New York: Twayne, 1992.

Plimpton, George. Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career. New York: Doubleday, 1997.

Rudisill, Marie. The Southern Haunting of Truman Capote. Nashville, Tenn.: Cumberland House, 2000.

Windham, Donald. Lost Friendships: A Memoir of Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and Others. New York: William Morrow, 1987.

Literary Precedents

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Certainly the theme of thwarted or misdirected love is common in literature, but Judge Cool's theory of the progression of love strongly...

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Related Titles

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Collin Fenwick and his eccentric aunt Dolly Talbo resemble characters seen in A Christmas Memory (1966), and the young male orphan...

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Fine Line Features/New Line Cinema adapted this novel in a critically acclaimed feature film (1995) produced and directed by Charles Matthau....

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