Capote: A Biography Hardcover – 1 May 1988
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In this riveting biography, Clarke, former TIME writer, depicts the sad sequence of sparkling achievements and overwhelming despair that marked the life of Truman Capote. Readers will be dazzled both by the life lived and the compelling skill with which Clarke brings it before us. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)
Mr. Clarke makes one feel at last as if one really understands Mr. Capote. (NEW YORK TIMES)
[An] extremely readable biography. (SUNDAY HERALD)
Clarke's extremely readable biography cleverly tells Capote's story in the manner of the 'non-fiction novel (mode Capote developed in IN COLD BLOOD.') --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
* A fascinating exploration of the troubled life of one of America's greatest writers. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Well, all biographies must suffer from a little guesswork and, in the case of Mr Plimpton's fine tome, perhaps a little added colour at times. However, this one by Gerald Clarke entitled simply 'Capote - A Biography' is a remarkable achievement. It's closer to being a proper document of Truman's life than any other book I've read. It soon becomes clear that a vast amount of research has gone into it's making along with the use of a wealth of interviews. What emerges is a wonderfully balanced, well written biography that should be a must for all scholars of Mr Capote. And Truman's life is well worth reading about. Whether painful or happy, trashy or profound his was a busy life filled with interest and variety.
At no point does it attempt to sensationalise Truman's life which was fascinating enough not to require embellishment. And at a whopping 550 pages (not including source notes etc) it's a surprisingly easy read. Mr Clarke's writing style flows beautifully guiding the reader effortlessly and in a thoroughly entertaining manner. He's not attempted to impose himself upon the text, there's no attempt at ego here.
My only criticism is about the way the book has been marketed. My edition states that it is 'now a major motion picture starring Philip Seymour Hoffman' which it certainly is not.Read more ›
What was needed to understand this complex and often troubled writer was a biography of sensitivity, scholarship and candor. Gerald Clarke' s magnificent book does just that. Moreover, its written in a style that is both informative and elegant. Clarke treats his wayward subject with affection and sympathy but always with a frankness that gives his book both credibility and balance.
If you like biography and are intrigued by the genius of Truman Capote, then read this book.
The book itself is very well researched. You couldn't fault that and a lot of it is based on interviews. My only gripe is that I felt there was too much space given over to the private lives and histories of a lot of Capote's `swans' - high society women with whom he cavorted from the beginning of his career. I have no idea who they were and I doubt whether the background information added anything to the biography. He could have cut out at least 20% of the biography if he had omitted them.
Overall, very well researched. Very readable style with some memorable quotes.
A well-crafted, smooth-flowing read. (I had just finished Conradi's biography of Iris Murdoch, and whilst they are of similar length, Conradi's effort was sometimes a bit of a labour and a few nights I could only manage two or three pages, Clarke has an elegant style which. nevertheless, doesn't sacrifice rigour).
If you want a full, professional biography - and a good read - this is for you.
One negative. This is a book I admire and will keep on my shelves, but I got so fed up with the stupid picture of Philip Seymour Hoffman as Capote on the cover, that I bought an earlier version and sold the one I read through Amazon. Pretty stomach-turning piece of cynicism by the publishers. I would have thought that thoughtful, intelligent people interested in Capote would not be swayed by such a tawdry, pathetic gimmick. Shameful.
One of the very few percent of Kindle books that I have given up on ... 15% was all of enough
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A well written bio about one of literatures most colourful and talented figures. Insightful, lucid and full of juicy tidbits!Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book arrived on time, and was as described. It is proving very useful for a project I'm doing on Capote.
I would use this seller again.
Three quarters of the way through and I digressed to another book. Sufficiently interesting to ensure I will finnish it. Some day.Published on 17 Mar. 2014 by Margins