The Complete Stories of Truman Capote

The Complete Stories of Truman Capote

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A landmark collection that brings together Truman Capote's life's work in the form he called his "great love," The Complete Stories confirms Capote's status as a master of the short story.
Ranging from the gothic South to the chic East Coast, from rural children to aging urban sophisticates, all the unforgettable places and people of Capote's oeuvre are here, in stories as elegant as they are heartfelt, as haunting as they are compassionate. Reading them reminds us of the miraculous gifts of a beloved American original.

Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 2005
ISBN: 9781400096916
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS F CAP
Characteristics: xv, 300 p. ; 21 cm

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XGirl
Oct 06, 2017

Hello, darlings - I quite liked most of the 20 stories in this Truman Capote compilation. Capote certainly had a likeable writing style, though his subject matter did tend to be repetitive.

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jdrinca
Mar 08, 2017

A nice collection of Truman Capote's stories. All worth reading. My favorites were "A Christmas Memory" and "A Diamond Guitar."

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 14, 2015

This complete, short stories collection of Truman Capote's work contains twenty tales of fiction in all (from the years between 1943 to 1982).

Many of Capote's stories were semi-autobiographical in nature. Capote had a knack for skilfully mixing fact with fiction as he carefully recounted his childhood memories, growing up as a lonely, troubled boy in New Orleans.

I certainly found many of Capote's stories to be quite thought-provoking and often brimming with keen, intelligent insights.

I certainly can't say that I was at all disappointed with Capote's work. Although the overall tone of his writing in his latter years did tend to take on a rather hateful mood in its narration.

3 of my favourite tales in this collection were - The Headless Hawk (1946), Children On Their Birthdays (1948), and A Christmas Memory (1956).

*Truman Trivia Time*

Born in 1924, Truman Capote (though poorly educated) showed an intense interest in writing from the early age of 11.

Throughout all of his adult life, Truman (who was very effeminate both in his speech and in his mannerisms) was openly gay and very promiscuous.

In 1984, Truman Capote died, at the age of 59, of liver cancer, which had been brought on by both chronic drug and alcohol abuse over many years.

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susanchyn
Feb 15, 2014

Interesting reading these early works.
They weren't as good as I hoped, but they weren't horrible either.Perhaps because they tend to be just sketches, that tease but do not satisfy.

These stories pale in contrast to the early stories of, say, D.H. Lawrence.

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gbh22
Jan 10, 2014

I didn't know much about Capote when I got this book, and I didn't expect much. After reading the bio in the book, my expectations were lowered a bit. But I now know Capote was a gifted writer: creative, thoughtful, wise, nonjudgemental, sentimental, funny and poetic.

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