The Complete Stories of Truman Capote

The Complete Stories of Truman Capote

Book - 2005
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Presents a collection of short fiction by twentieth-century author Truman Capote and includes "A Tree of Night," "House of Flowers," and "A Christmas Memory."
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 2005
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9781400096916
Branch Call Number: Fiction Capote
Characteristics: xv, 300 pages ; 21 cm


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These stories showcase Capote's range of style and storytelling. Inside this collection you will find captivating pieces that explore various themes and genres.

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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.

Mar 08, 2017

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

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.

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.

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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