Truman Capote

Andy Warhol’s lifelong obsession with Truman Capote

American Masters Multimedia Producer Cristiana Lombardo looks at how a fascination for the thin line between reality and fiction drew Andy Warhol and author Truman Capote together. In the mid 1960s, Andy Warhol dramatically declared his retirement from painting to pursue other art forms. In his 1980 memoir “POPism: The...
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REVIEW POTPOURRI – Author: Truman Capote; TV: Benidorm; Conductor: Bruno Walter

Truman Capote (1924-1984), when asked in a 1957 interview which can be read in Malcolm Cowley’s fascinating anthology Writers at Work, if he “read a great deal,” replied: “Too much. And anything, including labels and recipes and advertisements. I have a passion for newspapers – read all the New York dailies every day, and the Sunday editions, and several foreign magazines too. The ones I don’t buy I read standing at news stands. I average about five books a week – the normal-length novel takes me about two hours. I enjoy thrillers and would like someday to write one. Though I prefer first-rate fiction, for the last few years my reading seems to have been concentrated on letters and journals and biographies. It doesn’t bother me to read while I am writing – I mean, I don’t suddenly find another writer’s style seeping out of my pen. Though once, during a lengthy spell of reading Henry James, my own sentences ‘did’ get awfully long.”
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Truman Capote Christmas play to be released by Greenwich Theatre Company

“A Christmas Memory” is an autobiographical short story about Capote’s childhood memories of Christmastime in depression-era Alabama, according to the Penguin Random House website. It has now been adapted into a script. Capote is the celebrated author of such classics as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood." He was...
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Truman Capote holiday readings set Nov. 19-20

Ringing in the winter holiday season, the Lewes Public Library’s Spoken Word Society invites community members to gather around the library’s fireplace for performances of Truman Capote’s “The Thanksgiving Visitor” at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19, and “A Christmas Memory” at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20. Back by popular demand,...

Industry News: The Matrix, Morbius, Truman Capote and More!

THE MATRIX NFT PROJECT: The Matrix universe is welcoming the blockchain to the party. This month, Warner Bros. will release non-fungible tokens (NFTs) inspired by the upcoming The Matrix: Resurrections. They will be released withthe social NFT platform Nifty’s, which will create 100,000 avatars, and will sell them for $50 each starting Nov. 30.

‘The Capote Tapes’ – documentary praises, buries Truman Capote

“Well, he was rather a spectacle, wasn’t he?” says George Plimpton, the Paris Review co-founder whose interviews for an oral biography make up the substance of “The Capote Tapes.”. So it is, perhaps, no wonder that Ebs Burnough’s documentary about one of the best (maybe) and best-known (certainly) writers of...
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The Strange, Toxic Friendship of Truman Capote, Lee Radziwill, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis

In 1962, Truman Capote sat down with Lee Radziwill for an intimate chat over lunch in an upscale Manhattan restaurant. Since coming from a small town in Alabama decades earlier, the diminutive gay author had carved out a unique spot in New York society: a scathingly sharp, always entertaining guest whose charm opened the doors to the most exclusive circles . . . and whose eyes and ears were always open and observing what he saw there. He liked nothing better than boring into a person’s life and exploring their most private secrets.

Andy Warhol Gave Truman Capote This Studio 54 "VIP" Painting

One of the items from Truman Capote’s literary archive, which was presented to the New York Public Library after the author’s death in 1984, is an oil painting by Andy Warhol of an invitation to the storied nightclub Studio 54. It's an article that perhaps best represents the enduring friendship between the author and artist.
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When Tennessee Williams Reached Out to a Besieged Truman Capote

It was a late-life détente between the playwright and his younger novelist friend, and it took a lot of pride swallowing to write. In July 1978, Truman Capote was being raked over the coals in the media for his hard-drinking lifestyle. Though he’d insulted his old friend, playwright Tennessee Williams, Williams chose to overlook past mistakes and write his friend with tenderness and sympathy, so much so that it made him self-conscious. In less than five years, both luminaries would be dead, and the letter bolstered their status as allies.

What Can a New Documentary Tell Us About Truman Capote?

In a 1966 interview with George Plimpton, Truman Capote made a comment that seems especially impactful over 50 years later. The subject was his book In Cold Blood, and Capote stated that he saw it as indicative of a larger trend in literature. “It seemed to me that journalism, reportage, could be forced to yield a serious new art form: the ‘nonfiction novel,’ as I thought of it,” he said.

Unearthed Interviews Shed New Light on Truman Capote

Diminutive in stature and with a soft cooing voice, Truman Capote was an unexpected celebrity in an era of strict masculine ideals. His sharp wit set him apart, first as a gossip columnist and then as one of the premier writers of his generation. Drawing on hundreds of hours of previously unheard interviews with the author’s friends and colleagues collected by George Plimpton shortly after Capote’s death in 1984, Ebs Burnough’s documentary The Capote Tapes searches for the man behind the persona. Building on these tapes as well as new interviews, archival footage, and even recreation, it captures a cross-section of a fascinating life. Central to this examination is the fallout of his unfinished final book, Answered Prayers, which exposed the innermost secrets of the company he kept. Burnough spoke with Hyperallergic by phone to discuss the film and Capote’s enduring influence on popular culture.