Book Truman Capote : in which various friends, enemies, acquaintances, and detractors recall his turbulent career / George Plimpton.
Publication year: 1999
Publisher: London : Picador,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780330368728 (pbk.) :
Originally published: New York: Doubleday, 1998.
The recollections of Capote's friends and people who knew him form the basis of this biography. The story of his life culminates in his last book in which he criticised his rich and famous friends and as a result was subsequently ostracised. Reading this oral biography is like gate-crashing one of Capotes parties and being buttonholed by a series of insistent guests . . . Plimptons collage of reminiscence is apt enough for its subject, and fascinatingly (and bitchily) evocative of the man Robert McCrum, Observer It is at the heart of this book . . . that Capote can be seen and heard at first hand. There are so many different voices, just like those at the parties which he gave remorselessly, that he comes alive from a hundred different vantages . . . engaging and entertaining Peter Ackroyd, The Times Its babel of contradictory voices does justice to a complex and multi-faceted man, while avoiding the desiccated thickets in which more conventional biographies flail around. What one t
xiv, 498p., p. of plates : ill., facsims., ports. ; 20 cm.