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From instant celebrity at age 23 to overweight, alcoholic loner in his 50s, Truman Capote streaked across the middle of this century on a comet of genius, self-destruction, and fame. Drawing upon hundreds of hours of interviews with Capote and with nearly everyone who knew him, and with exclusive access to personal papers, Gerald Clarke has written the definitive biography of an incomparable man and his time.
"Extraordinary . . . Rich in intelligence and compassion . . . One can't put the book down. Few literary biographies in recent memory have been so vivid and absorbing." -- Bruce Bawer, The Wall Street Journal
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Gerald Clarke is also the author of a biography of Judy Garland, which, like Capote, was a New York Times bestseller. He lives on Long Isalnd.From Library Journal:
Clarke breaks Capote's life into four sections: a childhood spent mostly with relatives while his self-absorbed parents staggered through their disorderly lives; his years of discovery, when he had the two great romances of his life, traveled the world, and found his voice as a writer; the writing of In Cold Blood ; and the destructive obsessions with drugs, alcohol, and lovers that followed. Clarke's analysis tends to be superficial and his research, though impressive, has gaping holes. He is strongest in his portraits of Capote's first lover, the literary scholar Newton Arvin; the parade of men who disrupted the last 15 years of his life; and Capote's "swans," the very wealthy women who became addicted to his seemingly magic touch. Paradoxically, Clarke fails to produce a full portrait of Capote himself. The chaotic figure will need to be studied from many angles: Clarke provides a point of reference. Rob Schmieder, Boston
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Book Description Cardinal, 1989. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. Paperback in good condition some creasing to cover where read. Review It looks as if the late Truman Capote's luck has changed at last. After having had the facts of his life raked over by everyone from passing acquaintances to a former lover and a distinctly unloving aunt, the author/celebrity has finally attracted the attention of a biographer worthy of his talent. Clarke, a former senior writer at Time, has captured not only Capote's literary brilliance but the combination of personal warmth and outrageous wit that, for most of his life at least, drew everyone from Pavillon regulars to prairie ranchers to him. This will undoubtedly remain the definitive biography for years to come. Recounting a life as highly publicized as Capote's was before his death in 1984, a biographer runs the risk of dealing in shopworn items. By combining hundreds of personal interviews with his subject and others with material drawn from Capote's personal papers, Clarke has managed not only to avoid the obvious but to come up with remarkably fresh and original insights into Capote's life and work. True, there are many familiar anecdotes to be found on these pages, but dozens more are in mint condition. Take, for example, the story of how William Paley thought he had invited a former US President ("Truman") to his Jamaican hideaway and was mystified when Capote showed up. Included are liberal scatterings of Capote's acid remarks about the great and the not so great, as well as detailed accounts of his numerous friendships and equally numerous vendettas. Far more than merely a gossipy tour of Capote's world of literature and ladies who lunch, of luxury and lowlife, this is a touching, frequently hilarious, fully rounded portrait of a unique American phenomenon and his times. The authorized biography of the writer, socialite and scandal-monger, Truman Capote, written with access to all the papers. - used books, secondhand books, out of print books, hard to find books, for sale, second-hand books, college books, student books, nonfiction, first edition, , non-fiction books delivered world wide. Excess postage may be required for books over 1 kg in weight outside the EU. ISBN 0-7474-0352-X 074740352X. Seller Inventory # 5786
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