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Truman Capote ❴BOOKS❵ ⚡ Truman Capote Author George Plimpton – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The Barnes Noble Review December He was the most gracious of hosts and the most coveted of guests his rapier wit and sartorial flair formed a cult of personality that now defines what it means to be a The Barnes Noble Review December He was the most gracious of hosts and the most coveted of guests his rapier wit and sartorial flair formed a cult of personality that now defines what it means to be a member of the literati Truman Capote was a self made, absolute original who could at turns be charmingly lovable and artfully cruel The brilliant author of In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany s made it fashionable and indispensable for people to know him, for he became the very nexus of the exciting worlds of politics, fashion, Hollywood, the arts, and high society a status best exemplified by his legendary Black and White Ball Now the people he surrounded himself with tell his remarkable story to bestselling author and literary lion George PlimptonUsing oral biography, a technique that aptly portrays his social subject, George Plimpton blends the voices of Capote s lovers, haters, acquaintances, and colleagues into a captivating and highly readable narrative We are treated to the full scope of Capote s life his southern childhood and his early days in New York his first literary success with the publication of Other Voices, Other Rooms his highly active love life the groundbreaking excitement of In Cold Blood , the first nonfiction novel his years as a jet setter and his final days of flagging inspiration, alcoholism, and isolation All his famous society friends and enemies are represented in this veritable cocktail party of Capote s life Katherine Graham, Lauren Bacall, Gore Vidal, Joan Didion, William Styron, KurtVonnegut,Norman Mailer, Lee Radziwill, John Huston, John Knowles, William F Buckley, Jr and dozens of othersComplete with a chronology of Capote s life and biographies of the contributors a veritable Who s Who of th century letters Truman Capote In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career resonates with Capote s infectious wit and spirit, eliciting the impish genius, his writing, and his indelible effect on the glittering array of personalities who surround him And no one could better weave these voices together than George Plimpton famous for living the story before writing it.

    Í Truman Capote eBook Ê for people to know him, for he became the very nexus of the exciting worlds of politics, fashion, Hollywood, the arts, and high society a status best exemplified by his legendary Black and White Ball Now the people he surrounded himself with tell his remarkable story to bestselling author and literary lion George PlimptonUsing oral biography, a technique that aptly portrays his social subject, George Plimpton blends the voices of Capote s lovers, haters, acquaintances, and colleagues into a captivating and highly readable narrative We are treated to the full scope of Capote s life his southern childhood and his early days in New York his first literary success with the publication of Other Voices, Other Rooms his highly active love life the groundbreaking excitement of In Cold Blood , the first nonfiction novel his years as a jet setter and his final days of flagging inspiration, alcoholism, and isolation All his famous society friends and enemies are represented in this veritable cocktail party of Capote s life Katherine Graham, Lauren Bacall, Gore Vidal, Joan Didion, William Styron, KurtVonnegut,Norman Mailer, Lee Radziwill, John Huston, John Knowles, William F Buckley, Jr and dozens of othersComplete with a chronology of Capote s life and biographies of the contributors a veritable Who s Who of th century letters Truman Capote In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career resonates with Capote s infectious wit and spirit, eliciting the impish genius, his writing, and his indelible effect on the glittering array of personalities who surround him And no one could better weave these voices together than George Plimpton famous for living the story before writing it."/>
  • 449 pages
  • Truman Capote
  • George Plimpton
  • French
  • 09 January 2019
  • 2869598378

About the Author: George Plimpton

George Ames Plimpton was an American journalist, writer, editor, actor, and gamesman He is widely known for his sports writing and for helping to found The Paris ReviewHe was the grandson of George A Plimpton.



10 thoughts on “Truman Capote

  1. James James says:

    I saw the movie, Infamous, which isor less based on part of this book, and because I liked the movie, I thought I d get evenout of the book WRONG The author interviewed about 200 people who knew something about Capote, then cut that material into a bunch of paragraph length gossips, then pasted all the stuff together in chronological order NOT the way to write an interesting book In fact, I d say Plimpton didn t really write a book,he just recorded conversations and pasted othe I saw the movie, Infamous, which isor less based on part of this book, and because I liked the movie, I thought I d get evenout of the book WRONG The author interviewed about 200 people who knew something about Capote, then cut that material into a bunch of paragraph length gossips, then pasted all the stuff together in chronological order NOT the way to write an interesting book In fact, I d say Plimpton didn t really write a book,he just recorded conversations and pasted other peoplesthoughts together In this case the movie is much better than the book, Toby Jones gives a great performance as Capote

  2. Randee Randee says:

    I read this a long time ago and remember it as being well written and interesting I own a copy and want to reread it to give it a proper review Truman Capote was quite a character and up until the last few years of his life was one heck of a good writer.

  3. Rhonda Rhonda says:

    Coundn t put this down I find it difficult to review a biography I have chosen to read purely to find outabout the life of someone I know a little about and want to find outin that, if the biography is well written whatever that means , the reading is tandem with concentrating on building the picture from the information reported rather than how well it is or is not written This biography is made up of segments of dialogue from people who featured in Capote s life One event or Coundn t put this down I find it difficult to review a biography I have chosen to read purely to find outabout the life of someone I know a little about and want to find outin that, if the biography is well written whatever that means , the reading is tandem with concentrating on building the picture from the information reported rather than how well it is or is not written This biography is made up of segments of dialogue from people who featured in Capote s life One event or conversation could be written from the viewpoint ofthan one person, often as asides without much background, leaving the reader to decide whether or not they will believe what is, basically, gossip It is a narrative style similar to how Capote wrote In Cold Blood though the sources were diametrically opposed to gossip and, to a certain extent, satisfies the problem all biography readers must face re how the biographer selects and deselects information, and how the voice or style in which it is presented colours the information they choose to deliver There is a similarity in the segments style wise, not much variation of voice, definitely no hesitations, silences, umms or aaahs but the facts differs I am always aware when reading a biography of who the biographer is, where they fit in their subjects life, what their sources are and where there seems to be biases There are bound to be some here, it is unavoidable in any biography, but George Plimpton has succeeded in presenting something that feels like being in the company of the people that Capote filled his life with, all gossiping and sharing and exposing themselves as much as they do Capote Says a lot about them, and through that, Capote I found it very satisfying

  4. Richard Jespers Richard Jespers says:

    As in Plimpton s biography of Edie Sedgwick, Edie American Girl, he weaves together the opinions, the diary entries, the essays, and reflections of those who knew Truman Capote An interesting concept, because some writers contradict others concerning the same topic, and the reader must discern who is right, or else abandon such an idea and just enjoy the nature of this biography At times Capote s story is gossipy, at other times, heart wrenching as his friends share their witnessing of his sl As in Plimpton s biography of Edie Sedgwick, Edie American Girl, he weaves together the opinions, the diary entries, the essays, and reflections of those who knew Truman Capote An interesting concept, because some writers contradict others concerning the same topic, and the reader must discern who is right, or else abandon such an idea and just enjoy the nature of this biography At times Capote s story is gossipy, at other times, heart wrenching as his friends share their witnessing of his slow demise due to alcoholism and drug addiction, the utter waste that seems to occur after his huge success with In Cold Blood

  5. Megan Megan says:

    Amazing amazing amazing A pastiche of stories from those who knew, loved, and hated TC best The way a biography should be written TC is fascinating and the stories about the literati to the glitterati from Yaddo to The Plaza are hilarious, astute, devastating, and, most importantly, contradictory I m running out to read Edie now Plimpton s other biography in this style.

  6. Amanda Amanda says:

    This was a DNF The structure of the book was not what I was expecting It s not a standard biography The author interviewed countless people who were friendly with Capote and arranged these accounts into amuse bouche sized chunks Plimpton kept going back and forth between Capote s friends whose positions were introduced the first time they were mentioned but not subsequent times If you picked up this book like I did, in the hopes of learning about Capote s life, you will be sadly disappointe This was a DNF The structure of the book was not what I was expecting It s not a standard biography The author interviewed countless people who were friendly with Capote and arranged these accounts into amuse bouche sized chunks Plimpton kept going back and forth between Capote s friends whose positions were introduced the first time they were mentioned but not subsequent times If you picked up this book like I did, in the hopes of learning about Capote s life, you will be sadly disappointed if you aren t infinitely familiar with his socialite, literary circle of friends

  7. Hal Marshall Hal Marshall says:

    Innovative way to portray capote with interview quotes from his friends and social acquaintances

  8. FicusFan FicusFan says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I found this book to be very gripping It was a page turner It was an oral biography Various people talked about Capote, from his childhood in Alabama to his death in California Some people were obviously self serving, or trying to bury a hatchet, or out to lunch, but it was still interesting, because they said as much about themselves as they did about Capote It also let you see what type of people he was surrounded by.It provided information and context about Capote, without being too heav I found this book to be very gripping It was a page turner It was an oral biography Various people talked about Capote, from his childhood in Alabama to his death in California Some people were obviously self serving, or trying to bury a hatchet, or out to lunch, but it was still interesting, because they said as much about themselves as they did about Capote It also let you see what type of people he was surrounded by.It provided information and context about Capote, without being too heavy or detail oriented It gave you emotional as well as factual information, and opinion Sometimes you could see the same event described by multiple people.I have been interested in Capote since seeing the fabulous movie, Infamous, which this book was the basis for I wanted enough information about him to read his his stories and books about him, and understand the nuances, but I didn t want to get bogged down in the detail This book was perfect for that.The anecdotes were arranged in chronological order so they seemed to tell the story of his life They talked about his early writing successes, his involvement with the Kansas situation, the black and white ball, his flitting with the jet set, his fall from grace with them when he published their gossip, his dabbling with Broadway and Hollywood, his lack of writing, his boozing and drugging, and his death The only lack seemed to me was the lack of explanation about his relationship with Jack Dunphy Truman seemed to be alone, but he was also with his lover Jack Dunphy Jack would be there but not around, and the book never explained why Also why Jack never seemed to try to save him

  9. William P. William P. says:

    It has been twenty years since I read this book, but I still remember it as a terrifically interesting addition to the then current and growing number of books on or about Capote Plimpton catches the impressive breadth of Capote s professional and social world, from detectives and housewives from Kansas, to uber rich jet set heiresses and industrialists s wives, to other world known writers The naivete of so many otherwise shrewd and powerful people in allowing him into their lives was positiv It has been twenty years since I read this book, but I still remember it as a terrifically interesting addition to the then current and growing number of books on or about Capote Plimpton catches the impressive breadth of Capote s professional and social world, from detectives and housewives from Kansas, to uber rich jet set heiresses and industrialists s wives, to other world known writers The naivete of so many otherwise shrewd and powerful people in allowing him into their lives was positively quaint in the days of telegrams and hand written letters, it was possible even for celebrities to fly under the radar when they wanted to That world is long gone A few of the best parts of the book were the presentiments a few had of Capote s treachery as a friend and confidant they kept their distance from the start or pulled out before it was too late No less striking was Capote s instant disposabiliy as a mere ornament when he betrayed their confidences and they cut him dead Norman Mailer was on point regarding the perishable nature of a writer s material, and how Capote s material and mastery simply dried up The novelist Marguerite Young was penetrating regarding Capote s strengths and mostly fatal shortcomings as a writer but then, who can name one thing she wrote

  10. Rhonda Rhonda says:

    This book attracted me as much for Plimpton as for Capote I ve always liked the Paper Lion s style And what he does here is epic and fascinating, letting the pattern show itself that Capote made each of his friends feel like s he was his only friend, his only TRUE friend, the only one special enough Milton s fit reader though few comes to mind to really be suitable company for so discriminating a sensibility as Capote s What a frightening creature Like a Siren, seducing sailors onto the This book attracted me as much for Plimpton as for Capote I ve always liked the Paper Lion s style And what he does here is epic and fascinating, letting the pattern show itself that Capote made each of his friends feel like s he was his only friend, his only TRUE friend, the only one special enough Milton s fit reader though few comes to mind to really be suitable company for so discriminating a sensibility as Capote s What a frightening creature Like a Siren, seducing sailors onto the rocks Was his art great enough to redeem his epic perfidy Or was it all downhill after Other Voices, Other Rooms Oh wait I m forgetting In Cold Blood, his work I know best He sowed the seed of creative nonfiction, there But I don t see him on high school or college syllabi whereas, nearly 50 years after its first appearance, To Kill a Mockingbird has been read by middleschoolers and highschoolers and college students and me since 1960 and continues to support Harper Lee well into her 80s TC was a nasty little man who wrote some beautiful but little books except for In Cold Blood, a monster

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