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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
A short novel and three stories
by TRUMAN CAPOTE
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New softcover book. 180 pages.
This volume includes three of Capote's best-known stories, House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memory, in addition to his bestselling novel, Breakfast at Tiffany's, the popular story of Holly Golightly -- "a cross between Lolita and Auntie Mame".
The heroine of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Holly Golightly, became one of Capote's best-known creations, and the book's prose style prompted Norman Mailer to call Capote "the most perfect writer of my generation."
Holly Golightly is generally up all night drinking cocktails and breaking hearts. She hasn't got a past. She doesn't want to belong to anything or anyone, not even to her one-eyed rag-bag pirate of a cat. One day Holly might find somewhere she belongs. In this seductive, wistful pasterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's; 50 years after Breakfast at Tiffany's was first published, Holly's poignancy, wit and naivete continue to charm.
This volume also includes three of Capote's best-known stories, House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memory, which has been called 'one of the most moving stories in our lamguage.' It is a tale of two innocents - a small boy and an old woman who is his best friend - whose sweetness contains a hard, sharp kernel of truth.
About the Author
Truman Capote (30 September 1924, New Orleans, Louisiana – 25 August 1984, Los Angeles, California) was an American writer whose stories, novels, plays and non-fiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he labeled a "non-fiction novel". At least 20 films and TV dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays.
Capote remained a lifelong friend of his Monroeville neighbor Harper Lee, and he based the character of Idabel in Other Voices, Other Rooms on her. He in turn was the inspiration for the character Dill, in Lee's 1960 bestselling, Pulitzer prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird. Like Capote, Dill is creative, bold and had an unsatisfactory family history. In an interview with Lawrence Grobel, Capote recalled his childhood, "Mr. and Mrs. Lee, Harper Lee's mother and father, lived very near. Harper Lee was my best friend. Did you ever read her book, To Kill a Mockingbird? I'm a character in that book, which takes place in the same small town in Alabama where we both lived."
Capote, best known for his works Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood, reached a pinnacle that many writers dream of but few ever ascend. And no one climbed to that summit like Capote. Truman pioneered a new literary genre, the Nonfiction Novel, with what many claim as his ultimate work, In Cold Blood, the story of a rural Kansas murder recounting journalistic facts with the flair of prose.
To celebrate his rise to the summit of society in 1966, Capote hosted what would become known as the highlight of social events for years to come, the famous Black and White Ball. Capote's natural talent for weaving truth with fiction and his unflinching descriptions of his friends soon led to his rapid descent in popularity in the social circles he had worked so hard to adopt.
The rejection of his friends let to his increased drinking and drug use. His lack of continued sobriety in later years was matched only by his lack of work. Capote became more of a recluse and his last work, Answered Prayers (where he offended many of his friends) was published after his death. Truman Capote died on August 25, 1984, but his presence remains alive in the 21st century, even among today's celebrated caricatures.
Breakfast at Tiffanys - a short novel and three stories by Truman Capote