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Truman Capote

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Capote in 1980


Truman Streckfus Persons
September 30, 1924
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.


August 25, 1984
Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Resting place

Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Other names

Truman Garcia Capote


Greenwich High SchoolDwight School


Artist, author, actor


Jack DunphyWriting career



Literary movement

Southern Gothic

Notable works

In Cold Blood,Breakfast at Tiffany's


Truman Garcia Capote was an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Several of his short stories, novels, and plays have been praised as literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's and the true crime novel In Cold Blood , which he labeled a "nonfiction novel". At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced from his work.

Capote rose above a childhood troubled by divorce, a long absence from his mother, and multiple migrations. He had discovered his calling as a writer by the age of 8, and for the rest of his childhood he honed his writing ability. Capote began his professional career writing short stories. The critical success of one story, "Miriam" , attracted the attention of Random House publisher Bennett Cerf, and resulted in a contract to write the novel Other Voices, Other Rooms . Capote earned the most fame with In Cold Blood, a journalistic work about the murder of a Kansas farm family in their home. Capote spent four years writing the book aided by his lifelong friend Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird .

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