Truman Capote

Life Story

Capote as a Child

    Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1924. As a young child, he was raised by aunts and older cousins in Monroeville, Alabama.

    Capote had a very solitary childhood. He was usually found alone and his only escape was writing. At the age of 11 is when he really started to focus and get serious with writing. Truman started liking writing so much he got to a point where he wrote for 3 whole hours.

     In his mid-teens (1932) he moved in with his Mother and his stepfather (Joseph Garcia Capote) to New York. The city life had a significant effect on him, and he dropped out of high school. After dropping out of high school, he got a job  making copies at New Yorker Magazine. Though he tried to get his stories published, he failed.              


Here are a list of some of Capote's books:

  • Answered Prayers
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's and Other Stories
  • Capote Reader
  • Christmas Memory
  • A Christmas Memory Book and CD The Complete Stories of Truman Capote
  • The Grass Harp
  • The Grass Harp and the Tree of Night: and Other Stories
  • Music for Chameleons
  • One Christmas
  • Other Voices, Other Rooms
  • Summer Crossing
  • The Thanksgiving Visitor
  • Tree of Night
  • In Cold Blood

     Some compare Capote's writing, to Edgar Allan Poe's writing. They both had a Gothic/Mysterious writing style. However this was not always the case, in some writing examples his stories had some humor. Truman was often a guest on television shows. He admitted that he loved fame. He also worked with creative reporting. One example of that is Local Color, where he wrote about different cities that he visited. Mr. TRuman was the trail blazer for creative journalism.


Where: Los Angeles, CA, at his Joanna Carson's home. (former entertainer and close friend.)

What Age: 59

When: August 27, 1984

How: Liver failure


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