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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (30 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141188081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141188089
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An abundance of riches. . . . It is not hard at all to open to any page . . . and be amused, moved, intrigued.” –"Newsday" “To best experience Capote the stylist, one must go back to his short fiction. . . . One experiences as strongly as ever his gift for concrete abstraction and his spectacular observancy.” –"The New Yorker" “It is a stunning experience to reread this fiction . . . and to realize how very golden this golden boy was. . . . We are in the presence of a tremendous talent, and a fully mature technique as well. Norman Mailer’s judgment that Capote was the most perfect writer of their generation–‘he writes the best sentences word for word, rhythm upon rhythm’–seems true and just.” –"The New Criterion" “Capote does some things perfectly that many writers can’t do at all. . . . [He] summons the sensory world in its bewildering, inexhaustible richness.” –"Lo

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Most readers know Truman Capote as the author of "Breakfast at Tiffany's and "In Cold Blood; or they remember his notorious social life and wild and witty public appearances. But he was also the author of superb short tales that were as elegant as they were heartfelt, as grotesque as they were compassionate. Now, on the occasion of what would have been his eightieth birthday, the Modern Library presents the first collection that includes all of Capote's short fiction-a volume that confirms his status as one of the masters of this form.
Among the selections are "A Tree of Night," in which an innocent student, sitting on a train beside a slatternly woman and her deaf-mute companion, enters a seductive nightmare that brings back the deepest fears of childhood . . . "House of Flowers," the inspiration for a celebrated Broadway musical, which tells of a superstitious prostitute who learns to love in a way no one else can ever understand . . . the holiday perennial "A Christmas Memory," famously adapted into a superb made-for-TV movie . . . and "The Bargain," Capote's melancholy, never-before-published 1950 story about a suburban housewife's shifting fortunes.
From the gothic South to the chic East Coast, from rural children to aging urban sophisticates, all the unforgettable places and people of Capote's oeuvre are captured in this first-ever compendium. "The Collected Stories of Truman Capote should restore its author to a place above mere celebrity, to the highest levels of American letters.

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Capote writes as if he invented the short story and knows all the secret ingredients to making one successful. Short stories are a notoriously difficult style to master, and yet the stories in this collection are written with the ease and grace of a genius. If you, like me, are easily distracted when it comes to reading and prefer things to be concise and to the point then look no furthur than this beautiful collection of short stories. Everything you want in a good story is there: humour, sadness, lucidity and melancholy, indeed, the very stuff of life itself. Beautifully written, sharply observed and original, this collection of short stories takes some beating. As an avid fan of short stories I have definately read my fair share and would go as far as to say that this is the best penned collection there is. I was hooked from start to finish. My particular favourites are 'House of Flowers' for its lush, lingering descriptions of the tropical scenery of Haiti and for its sweet (but not syrupy) depiction of first love. Others include 'Jug of Silver' for its affectionate small town wit and 'A Christmas Memory' for its depth of feeling and Capote's masterful delivery of prose, which characterises the rest of his writing. Definately worth a buy.
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I bought this book on a whim whilst looking for something to read on holiday. My only exposure to Mr Capote prior to this was the film 'Breakfast At Tiffanys' which I am not a particular fan of. I bought the book anyway and I am glad I did. This is short story writing of the highest calibre. Forthright, sometimes bordering on the corny (in a pleasing Americana way) and occasionally downright creepy (A Tree of night). The stories are presented in order of date from the 40's right up to the 70's and as such you are able to see the development of the author. Right from the start it is clear that here we have a rare talent. I really liked this and heartily recommend anyone to read it.
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This is a quite exceptional collection of stories covering the greater part of Capote's literary career, the last coming only two years before his death. While no doubt he will always be better known and more valued for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood". These stories deserve a wide audience. It's tempting to say that the stories grow in depth and complexity as their author ages, but even the earliest ones have a haunting resonance that seems to reach out beyond the local circumstances and particularities. There is a natural ease and lucidity in the writing, a sharp eye for detail and a sure ear for dialogue. It would be good to name favourites and mine is probably "Children on their Birthdays", but as soon as I am drawn to the features of one I'm pulled to the distinctive qualities of others. At the heart of all are human relationships and none fails to illuminate this major theme.
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After seeing the film Capote (the second of its kind - finding the performances and general humour attractive) I thought I'd read some of Capote's short stories. I generally like American 20th C writers and found his material equally engaging: in particular the visual details. However, Salinger is still 'up there' for me - which says more about me than Capote as a writer. Easy to read and touching in the poetic sense.
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I'd never read Capote before and the first story I read in this collection was Miriam, a hauntingly bizarre story about a widow plagued by a strange little girl who gradually encroaches upon her life. After that I was hooked. He writes in a wonderful, perfectly attuned manner, the plots are always well paced, and it's clear you're in the hands of a master story teller right from the outset. They are also interesting testiments to Capote's own life, especially his childhood. One of the most touching stories in the book (and one of the most touching stories I've ever read) is 'A Christmas Memory', an autobiographical piece about his Father.
Short stories aren't easy to get right but these ones are fine examples of the form at its best.
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Beautiful collection. Loved every one of them . A must read for lovers of short stories.The Usurper and Other Stories, Runaway, The Lady with the Dog and other stories feature in my list of short story collections that are pleasurable to read.
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