Which is more interesting: the plot of a Truman Capote novel, or the story of how he wrote it? Let's call it a toss-up. I admire Capote the writer, but with the passing years, the growing controversy and disputes over his methods and contrivances force even the most starry-eyed fan to reconsider their assessment of the celebrity-author. In short, the more we learn about Capote, the more we realize the importance of the stories behind his stories. Capote's most famous book, In Cold Blood is a lightning rod for his critics. They point out factual errors and fabricated quotes— familiar failings of over-reaching authors—but the harshest attacks focus on the dubious ethics of Capote's relationship with his sources.
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Capote, according to an introduction by his editor, Joseph M. When these early chapters appeared, an uproar ensued. Doors slammed; he had betrayed his platinum hosts and hostesses. Did all those people think I was there just to entertain them?
Jones, a dark fantasy of Capote himself. Jones is a failed author, a drifter making his way via social climbing and prostitution, often indistinguishable activities.
Jones is soon published in prestigious literary journals and receives grants and a publishing deal. He questions his methods, his bed-hopping and shrewdly aimed flattery. Fouts takes the cure at a Swiss clinic; Jones deserts him. Jones intersperses his memories with reports of his current employment as a call-boy in the stable of Miss Victoria Self, a Teutonic harridan who runs the Self Service. Wallace, a Southern playwright cruelly reminiscent of Tennessee Williams.
Gloria Vanderbilt and Carol Mrs. Really vomitous? So what are we left with--idle if delicious scandal? A dissertation on the evils of the seismically rich and power-crazed?
Yes, but from the pen of a sorcerer, an author incapable of boring his readers, and certainly a man who knew what he was dishing out. The escapades of P. Jones, while sordid, are lush with the romance of failure, the doomed glamour of gilded hookers and bruised Eurotrash. He knew that tales of gifted, sexually magnetic losers are far more enticing than any virtuous success story; Satan beats the Boy Scouts every time.
Jones, Denham Fouts and Kate McCloud are above all gorgeously romantic figures, asking not for our sympathy but merely our mesmerized attention. Hot Property.
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Capote’s Swan Dive
Capote, according to an introduction by his editor, Joseph M. When these early chapters appeared, an uproar ensued. Doors slammed; he had betrayed his platinum hosts and hostesses. Did all those people think I was there just to entertain them? Jones, a dark fantasy of Capote himself. Jones is a failed author, a drifter making his way via social climbing and prostitution, often indistinguishable activities.
Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel
Look Inside. It takes in calculating beauties and sadistic husbands along with such real-life supporting characters as Colette, the Duchess of Windsor, Montgomery Clift, and Tallulah Bankhead. Above all, this malevolently finny book displays Capote at his most relentlessly observant and murderously witty. Truman Capote was born September 30, , in New Orleans. It was here he would meet his lifelong friend, the author Harper Lee.