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Truman Capotes non-fiction novel In Cold Blood closely follows the murder of the Clutter family and the thoughts emotions and consequences faced by their murderers Perry Smith and Dick Hancock Capotes meticulous account of the murders as well as his in-depth depiction of the killers psyches created the untrodden genre of non-fiction novel While Capote attempted to remove himself as much as possible from the events of the novel his narrative voice selective use of details and his close relationship with the killers unavoidably taints the novel making him unsuccessful in creating an unbiased piece Truman Capote began his career as a journalist and short story teller which explains the approach he used when writing In Cold Blood Capotes career is different than most authors due to his beginnings in journalism which allowed him the opportunity to formulate the new style of writing known as non-fiction novel His fusion of novel-like plot points and description of characters with his special contribution of the removal of the narrator entirely creates a story that empathizes with killers and puts people on the edge of their seats one of Capotes main objectives Plimpton When writing In Cold Blood Capote attempted to create a new and unbiased genre of reading that was informative but still had a topic that was interesting and would not age While he was successful in creating a piece of literature that would become a classic he was unsuccessful in completely removing himself from the bookThroughout the novel Capotes narrative voice alters the mood and emotions felt by the reader When conducting the interviews Capote relied solely on his auditory photographic memory instead of on tape recorders and written notes While he was able to remember ninety percent what others had said to him it was indeed not foolproofDe Bellis This lack of exact recall of information as well as his creation of the non-fiction novel genre greatly contributes to the errors in his
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