The Complete Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 30 Jun 2005
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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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Short stories aren't easy to get right but these ones are fine examples of the form at its best.
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Truly amazing. I had never had the opportunity to read Capote before. I know it's a bad thing to admit, but it just happened. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2014 by T. Durden
Capote writes beautifully. Whilst some are better than others, each of the stories has merit. One to treasure and come back to time and again.Published on 20 July 2013 by sookifan
In the description for this product I saw Breakfast At Tiffany's listed as one of the stories but it's not in there. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2012 by Marteen