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Capote: A Biography Hardcover – 1 May 1988

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  • Hardcover: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Linden Pub; First Edition edition (May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671228110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671228118
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 673,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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* A fascinating exploration of the troubled life of one of America's greatest writers. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
There are several books about Capote out there. George Plimpton's 'Truman Capote' is an example which presents the thoughts of those who actually knew him. There are others which purport to present the facts as drawn from archive material and interviews with the man himself (and as we know, Truman's own version of his life could be somewhat unreliable) . The question is, wherein lies the truth about T.C.?

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.
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Probably, besides I cannot think of any other classic American author who can match Capote's range and diversity. Who is not moved by his short stories, delighted by 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' or chilled to the core by 'In Cold Blood'?

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.
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I know the book uses an image from the film Capote but that is really all there is between the two. In the features of the film the author of this book is interviewed and gives some background to his research.

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.
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Format: Paperback
Having seen the two films of Capote, one called "Capote", the other "Infamous" I tracked down this biography.
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.
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I rate this as one of the most fascinating biographies I've ever read. The man was amazing, and the movie made from this book is also one of my all time favourites. I recommend this added to anyone's library.
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I hesitated to buy this book, but was pleased I did. It is a perfectly serviceable biography, and the film - interesting and well-played though it is - cannot substitute.
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When I read that Truman Capote wrote Breakfast at Tiffany's I thought it would be interesting to read his biography. A tough childhood: OK. Becoming a spoilt brut even when adult; begins to drag.
One of the very few percent of Kindle books that I have given up on ... 15% was all of enough
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It was very well researched book but very long in some ways but it gave a good insight to a man and those particular times. I liked reading about that era and grew to understand him but not like much.
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