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Truman Capote one of Americas more colorful literary personalities was born in New Orleans in 1924 and died in California in 1984 He wrote both fiction and non-fiction -- short stories novels and novellas travel writing profiles reportage memoirs plays and films His work of fiction that is probably most well-known although not many people know that Capote wrote it is the novella Breakfast at Tiffanys What I am most interested in however is his masterpiece In Cold Blood This nonfiction novel spawned a whole new genre of writing It has been called literary journalism and creative nonfiction In the small mid-western town of Holcomb Kansas a family is murdered Capote sees the write-up in the paper and decides to visit the town and find out what happened He begins his research before the murderers are captured He is there when they are brought in to jail He lives in the town he gains the trust of the townspeople and the murderers At least enough trust so that they speak candidly in front of him he has a little help from his childhood friend Harper Lee author of To Kill a Mockingbird who also interviews townspeople The book was a commercial success but Capote was never the same after He spent six years of his life on this project and much of it was harrowing While imprisoned Perry and Dick considered him a true friend and wanted his help to get a pardon Capote felt torn by his affections for the two and by the knowledge of the horrific murders they had committed Another question Capote may have asked was What next Its always hard to follow a success because of expectations Too Capote never felt the literary world gave him credit for inventing a new form of writing and he was definitely bitter about that In any case the whole experience seemed to have
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