Capote: A Biography

by Gerald Clarke

Hardcover, 1988




New York : Simon and Schuster, c1988.


Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with the author, as well as with nearly everyone who knew him, this biography follows Capote from his eccentric childhood in Alabama to the heights of New York society. It also candidly recounts a gifted and celebrated writer's descent into the life of alcohol and drugs that would ultimately consume his bulldog spirit and staggering talent--but not before he'd hobnob with the likes of Grace Paley and Lee Radziwill, feud outrageously with Gore Vidal and Jacqueline Susann, and stage at New York's Plaza Hotel the sensational Black and White Ball.--From publisher description.

User reviews

LibraryThing member BinnieBee
I enjoyed the book very much. It was quite lengthy so at times I tended to scan rather than really "read", but I would recommend it.
LibraryThing member jennyo
This was, without a doubt, the best biography I've ever read. Clarke couldn't have had a more interesting subject to write about. Capote's life seemed somehow larger than most, and Clarke makes you feel as if you were right there watching the action. He seems to have adopted Capote's In Cold Blood technique; he removes himself as a narrator and lets the events of Truman's life unfold as if he were writing a novel, a novel with some of the richest characters ever created. Yet it's entirely based on fact. It's absolutely fascinating and well worth a read whether you're a Capote fan or not.… (more)
LibraryThing member jmatson
Well written and documented biography of Truman Capote.

Incandescent rise and dark and depressing fall.

Good read.
LibraryThing member Nahotep
Gives great insight into its subject, skips around chronologically a bit too much, but is quite well written overall.
LibraryThing member sbrca
Well researched. Excellent!
LibraryThing member michaelbartley
a first rate biography of truman capote. a very talented but flawed and tragic man. he was a greek tragic person excellent story



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