Portraits and Observations: The Essays of Truman Capote (Modern Library Classics (Paperback))

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Perhaps no twentieth-century writer was so observant and graceful a chronicler of his times as Truman Capote. Portraits and Observations is the first volume devoted solely to all the essays ever published by this most beloved of writers. Included are such masterpieces of narrative nonfiction as The Muses Are Heard and the short nonfiction novel Handcarved Coffins, as well as many long-out-of-print essays, including portraits of Mae West, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe. From his travel sketches of Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Hollywood, written when he was twenty-two, to the author s last written words, composed the day before his death in 1984, the recently discovered Remembering Willa Cather, Portraits and Observations puts on display the full spectrum of Truman Capote s brilliance. Certainly Capote was, as Somerset Maugham famously called him, a stylist of the first quality. But as the pieces gathered here remind us, he was also an artist of remarkable substance. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD. Since 1917 The Modern Library prides itself as The modern Library of the world s Best Books . Featuring introductions by leading writers, stunning translations, scholarly endnotes and reading group guides. Production values emphasize superior quality and readability. Competitive prices, coupled with exciting cover design make these an ideal gift to be cherished by the avid reader.

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A must-have treasure for Capote fans . . . These are delicious, dramatic, and tender nonfiction portraits and tales --NPR s Morning Edition

A wonderful volume . . . Nearly every page can be read with real pleasure. . . . No matter what his subject, [Capote s] canny, careful art gives it warm and breathing life --The Washington Post Book World

Every piece is a treasure. . . . Pages and pages of remarkably evocative, careful and well-observed prose [delineate,] in a measured and elegant manner, one of the most remarkable American literary lives of the twentieth century. --Jane Smiley, Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Truman Capote was a native of New Orleans, where he was born on September 30, 1924. His first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, was an international literary success when first published in 1948, and accorded the author a prominent place among the writers of America's postwar generation. He sustained this position subsequently with short-story collections (A Tree of Night, among others), novels and novellas (The Grass Harp and Breakfast at Tiffany's), some of the best travel writing of our time (Local Color), profiles and reportage that appeared originally in The New Yorker (The Duke in His Domain and The Muses Are Heard), a true-crime masterpiece (In Cold Blood), several short memoirs about his childhood in the South (A Christmas Memory, The Thanksgiving Visitor and One Christmas), two plays (The Grass Harp and House of Flowers) and two films (Beat the Devil and The Innocents). Mr. Capote twice won the O. Henry Memorial Short Story Prize and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died in August 1984, shortly before his sixtieth birthday.

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