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
memiors 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.
"Truman Capote is the most perfect writer of my generation."
"Truman Capote is the most perfect writer of my