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Truman Capote

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Truman Capote

American author, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's and the true crime novel In Cold Blood, which he labeled a [GUI]nonfiction novel add

Category: Literature

Born in 1924.

Countries: United States (55%), New York (14%), United Kingdom (7%)

Main connections: Random House, Lee Radziwill, Jack Dunphy

Linked to: Random House, The New York Times, Dwight School, Greenwich High School

 

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Truman Capote was born in 1924 add something


1933

In 1933, he moved to New York City to live with his mother and her second husband, Joseph Capote, a Cuban-born textile broker, who adopted him as his stepson and renamed him Truman García Capote add something


1935

In 1935, he attended the Trinity School in New York City add something


 

Capote received recognition for his early work from The Scholastic Art & Writing awards in 1936 add something


1939

In 1939, the Capote family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, and Truman attended &Greenwich, Connecticut_High_School, where he wrote for both the school's literary journal, "The Green Witch", and the school newspaper add something


1940

Some time in the 1940s Capote wrote a novel set in New York City about the summer romance of a socialite with a parking lot attendant add something

 

Romaine Brooks - Truman Capote, who toured Brooks's studio in the late 1940s, may have been exaggerating when he called it "the all-time ultimate gallery of all the famous dykes from 1880 to 1935 or thereabouts", but she did paint Elisabeth de Clermont-Tonnerre; Barney's lover Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux; her own lover Renata Borgatti; Una, Lady Troubridge, the partner of Radclyffe Hall; and the artist Gluck

 

Summer Crossing - "'Summer Crossing"' is Truman Capote's first novel, written during the 1940s


1942

When they returned to New York City in 1942 he attended the Franklin School, an Upper West Side private school now known as the Dwight School, graduating in 1943 add something


1943

Between 1943 and 1946, Capote wrote a continual flow of short fiction, including "Miriam," "My Side of the Matter," and "Shut a Final Door" add something


1945

In June 1945, "Miriam" was published by "Mademoiselle" and went on to win a prize, Best First-Published Story, in 1946 add something


1946

In the spring of 1946, Capote was accepted at Yaddo, the artists and writers colony at Saratoga Springs, New York, New York add something

 

Newton Arvin - There in the summer of 1946 he met and began a two-year affair with the young Truman Capote


1947

A 1947 Harold Halma photograph used to promote the book showed a reclining Capote gazing fiercely into the camera add something

 

First published in "The Atlantic Monthly" , "Shut a Final Door" won an O. Henry award in 1948 add something


1948

Jack Dunphy - When he met Truman Capote in 1948, Dunphy had written a well-received novel, "John Fury", and was just getting over a painful divorce from McCracken


1949

Random House, the publisher of his novel, "Other Voices, Other Rooms" , moved to capitalize on this novel's success with the publication of "A Tree of Night and Other Stories" in 1949 add something


1950

After "A Tree of Night" Capote published a collection of his travel writings, "Local Color" , which included nine essays originally published in magazines between 1946 and 1950 add something

 

In the early 1950s, Capote took on Broadway and films, adapting his 1951 novella, "The Grass Harp," into a 1952 play , followed by the musical "House of Flowers" , which spawned the song "A Sleepin' Bee" add something

 

This resulted in bitter quarreling with his life partner, Jack Dunphy, with whom he had shared a nonexclusive relationship since the 1950s add something

 

George Axelrod - During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Axelrod was one of the best paid writers in Hollywood, and he was nominated for an Academy Award for his 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's"


 

One of his first serious lovers was Smith College literature professor Newton Arvin, who won the National Book award for his Herman Melville biography in 1951 add something


1953

Mr. Clutter served from December, 1953 until April, 1957 add something


1954

In 1954, President Eisenhower appointed him to the Farm Credit Administration, but he never lived in Washington add something

 

Peter Matz - In 1954, he returned to New York and acquired a job as a rehearsal pianist for Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's Broadway musical "House of Flowers"


1955

Geoffrey Holder - In 1955, Holder married dancer Carmen De Lavallade, whom he met when both were in the cast of "House of Flowers", a musical by Harold Arlen and Truman Capote


1956

Capote's childhood experiences are captured in the 1956 memoir "A Christmas Memory," which he adapted for television and narrated add something


1957

Marlon Brando - The New Yorker: The Duke in His Domain – Truman Capote's influential 1957 interview.


1958

The book, which had been in the planning stages since 1958, was intended to be the American equivalent of Marcel Proust's "In Search of Lost Time" and a culmination of the "nonfiction novel" format add something


1959

Karen Blixen - Blixen was widely respected by contemporaries such as Ernest Hemingway and Truman Capote, and during her tour of the United States in 1959, writers who visited her included Arthur Miller, E. E. Cummings, and Pearl Buck


1960

Capote based the character of Idabel in "Other Voices, Other Rooms" on his Monroeville, Alabama neighbor and best friend, Harper Lee, and was in turn the inspiration for the character Dill Harris in Lee's 1960 bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" add something

 

In the late 1960s, he became friendly with Lee Radziwill, the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis add something


1961

In 1961 Capote's novel "Breakfast at Tiffany's" about a flamboyant New York party girl named Holly Golightly was filmed by director Blake Edwards and starred Audrey Hepburn in what many consider her defining role, though Capote never approved of the many changes to the story, made to appeal to mass audiences add something

 

George Axelrod - He was nominated for an Academy *award for his 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and adapted Richard Condon's "The Manchurian Candidate"


1965

The fallout from "La Côte Basque 1965" saw Truman Capote ostracised from New York society, and from many of his former friends add something

 

The first to appear, "Mojave," ran as a self-contained short story and was favorably received, but the second, "La Côte Basque 1965," based in part on the dysfunctional personal lives of William S. Paley and Babe Paley, Capote's friends, generated controversy add something

 

"La Côte Basque 1965" was published as an individual chapter in "Esquire" magazine in December of 1976 add something

 

Lowell Lee Andrews - Andrews was on death row at the Lansing, Kansas Correctional Facility at the same time as Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, murderers of the Clutter family and the subjects of Truman Capote's 1965 book "In Cold Blood

 

Kansas - Kansas was the setting of the 1965 best-seller "In Cold Blood", described by its author Truman Capote as a "nonfiction novel


1966

Writing in "Esquire" in 1966, Phillip K. Tompkins noted factual discrepancies after he traveled to Kansas and talked to some of the same people interviewed by Capote add something

 

"In Cold Blood" was published in 1966 by Random House after having been serialized in "The New Yorker" add something

 

On November 28, 1966, in honor of "The Washington Post" publisher Katharine Graham, Capote hosted a now legendary masked ball, called the Black and White Ball, in the Grand Ballroom of New York City's Plaza Hotel add something

 

Directed by Frank Perry, it aired on December 21, 1966, on "ABC Stage 67", and featured Geraldine Page in an Emmy award-winning performance add something

 

Jacqueline de Ribes - She was invited to Truman Capote's "Black and White Ball" in 1966

 

Penelope Tree - Tree made a striking appearance at the 1966 Black and White Ball thrown by author Truman Capote, wearing a black V-neck tunic with long slashes from the bottom making floating panels, worn over black tights


1967

When Richard Brooks directed "In Cold Blood", the 1967 adaptation with Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, he filmed at the actual Clutter house and other Holcomb, Kansas, locations add something

 

Robert Blake (actor) - In 1967, he played real-life murderer Perry Smith in "In Cold Blood"; Richard Brooks directed, adapting Truman Capote's non-fiction book for the film


1968

Initially scheduled for publication in 1968, the novel was eventually delayed at Capote's insistence to 1972 add something


1969

The teleplay was later incorporated into Perry's 1969 anthology film "Trilogy" , which includes adaptations of "Miriam" and "Among the Paths to Eden add something


1970

In the 1970s, he maintained his celebrity status by appearing on television talk shows add something

 

In the late 1970s, Capote was in and out of rehab clinics, and news of his various breakdowns frequently reached the public add something

 

Radziwill supplanted the older Babe Paley as his primary female companion in public throughout the better part of the 1970s add something

 

Their partnership changed form and continued as a nonsexual one, and they were separated during much of the 1970s add something

 

Peter Hill Beard - Beard's "milieu" consisted of Andy Warhol, Jackie Onassis, Lee Radziwill, Truman Capote, and Bianca Jagger who all lived and rented houses in Montauk and Manhattan, NY in the 1970s and 1980s


1972

In 1972, Capote accompanied the Rolling Stones on their 1972 American Tour as a correspondent for "Rolling Stone" magazine add something

 

Lee Radziwill - She was seen in celebrity company, such as on the 1972 American tour of The Rolling Stones, during which she accompanied Truman Capote


1973

He ultimately refused to write the article, so the magazine recouped its interests by publishing, in April 1973, an interview of the author conducted by Andy Warhol add something

 

In July 1973 Capote met John O'Shea, the middle-aged vice president of Marine Midland Bank on Long Island, while visiting a bathhouse add something


1974

" The dearth of new writing and other failures, including a rejected screenplay for Paramount's 1974 adaptation of "The Great Gatsby", was counteracted by Capote's frequenting of the talk show circuit add something


1975

Capote permitted "Esquire" to publish four chapters of the unfinished novel in 1975 and 1976 add something


1976

Neil Simon's 1976 murder mystery spoof "Murder by Death" provided Capote's main role as an actor, portraying reclusive millionaire Lionel Twain who invites the world's leading detectives together to a dinner party to have them solve a murder add something


1977

Opium (perfume) - For its launch party in 1977, a tall ship "Peking" was rented from the South Street Seaport Museum in New York's East Harbor, and writer Truman Capote sat at the helm of the ship at the party


1978

In 1978, talk show host Stanley Siegal did an on-air interview with Capote, who, in an extraordinarily intoxicated state, confessed that he might kill himself add something


1980

After the revocation of his driver's license and a hallucinatory seizure in 1980 that required hospitalization, Capote became fairly reclusive add something

 

Despite this brief interregnum, Capote was unable to overcome his reliance upon drugs and liquor and had grown bored with New York by the beginning of the 1980s add something

 

These pieces formed the basis for the bestselling "Music for Chameleons", published in 1980 add something


1982

In 1982, a new short story, "One Christmas," appeared in the December issue of "Ladies' Home Journal" and the following year it became, like its predecessors "A Christmas Memory" and "The Thanksgiving Visitor," a holiday gift book add something

 

Alan Safier - In 1982 he was cast in the 30th anniversary revival of "New Faces of 1952" , taking on the role originated by Ronny Graham, which included emceeing the show, doing a Truman Capote take-off , and performing in a comedy sketch written in the early 1950s by a young Mel Brooks


1983

In 1983, "Remembering Tennessee," an essay in tribute to Tennessee Williams, who had died in February of that year, appeared in "Playboy" magazine add something


Truman Capote died in 1984 add something

 

In fact, he took the blanket with him when he flew from New York to Los Angeles to be with Joanne Carson on August 23, 1984 add something

 

Capote died in Los Angeles on August 25, 1984, aged 59 from liver cancer add something

 

Lloyd Cole - The Commotions' 1984 debut, "Rattlesnakes", contained literary and pop culture references to such figures as Arthur Lee, Norman Mailer, Grace Kelly, Eva Marie Saint, Simone de Beauvoir, Truman Capote, and Joan Didion


 

In 1990, Robert Morse received both a Tony and a Drama Desk award for his portrayal of Capote in the one-man show, "Tru" add something


1991

Jay Presson Allen - The 1991 Broadway production of "Tru" starring Robert Morse as Truman Capote was actually a request of the lawyer for the Capote Estate


1992

Dunphy died in 1992, and in 1994 both his and Capote's ashes were scattered at Crooked Pond, between Bridgehampton, New York and Sag Harbor, New York on Long Island, close to where the two had maintained a property with individual houses for many years add something

 

In 1992, he recreated the performance for the PBS series "American Playhouse" and won an Emmy award for his performance add something

 

In a 1992 piece in the London Sunday Times, reporters Peter and Leni Gillman investigated the source of "Handcarved Coffins," the story in Capote's last work "Music for Chameleons" subtitled "a nonfiction account of an American crime add something


1994

As such, the Truman Capote Literary Trust was established in 1994, two years after Dunphy's death add something

 

In 1994, actor-writer Bob Kingdom created the one-man theatre piece "The Truman Capote Talk Show", in which he played Capote looking back over his life add something


1995

Also, in 1995, Capote's 1951 Novella "The Grass Harp" which he later turned into a 1954 play was made into a film version with a screen play by Stirling Silliphant and directed by Charles Matthau, Walter Matthau's son add something

 

"Other Voices, Other Rooms" came to theater screens in 1995 with David Speck in the lead role of Joel Sansom add something

 

David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley - In 1995, he directed the film adaptation of Truman Capote's novel "Other Voices, Other Rooms"

 

Edward Furlong - In 1995, he starred in the film adaptation of Truman Capote's "The Grass Harp"


1996

Anthony Edwards and Eric Roberts headed the cast of the 1996 "In Cold Blood" miniseries, directed by Jonathan Kaplan add something

 

Richard Hickock - November 19, 1996 according to Truman Capote in his account of the Clutter murders, "In Cold Blood", having been prevented by his partner in crime, Smith, from raping 16-year-old Nancy Clutter during the crime in the Clutter home


1997

The TV movie "Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory", with Patty Duke and Piper Laurie, was a 1997 remake, directed by Glenn Jordan add something


2002

Capote's short story "Children on Their Birthdays," another look back at a small-town Alabama childhood, was brought to film by director Mark Medoff in 2002 add something


2004

Capote later claimed to have destroyed the manuscript of this novel; but twenty years after his death, in 2004, it came to light that the manuscript had been retrieved from the trash back in 1950 by a house sitter at an apartment formerly occupied by Capote add something


2005

Jennings Faulk Carter donated the collection to the Museum in 2005 add something

 

Philip Seymour Hoffman - In 2005, Hoffman won widespread acclaim for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in the film "Capote"


2006

The novel was published in 2006 by Random House under the title "Summer Crossing" add something

 

Toby Jones - In 2006, he portrayed Truman Capote in the biopic "Infamous"


2013

In 2013 the producers offered to fly Carson and the ashes to New York for a Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany's add something


2015

In November, 2015, The Little Bookroom will issue a new edition of that work, which includes previously-unpublished portraits of Capote as well as street photography taken in connection with the essay, entitled "Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir, With The Lost Photographs of David Attie add something


 

This edition was well-reviewed in America and overseas, and was a finalist for a 2016 Indie Book award add something

 

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