One of the strongest fiction writers of his generation, Truman
Capote became a literary star while still in his teens. His most
phenomenal successes include Breakfast at Tiffany's;
In Cold Blood; and Other Voices, Other Rooms.
Even while his literary achievements were setting the standards
that other fiction and nonfiction writers would follow for
generations, Capote descended into a spiral of self-destruction and
This biography by Gerald Clarke was first published in 1988-just
four years after Capote's death. It was the basis for
Capote, the 2005 film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, who
won an Academy Award for his performance.
Clarke paints a vivid behind-the-scenes picture of Capote's
life-based on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with Capote
himself and the people close to him. From the glittering heights of
notoriety and parties with the rich and famous to his later
struggles with addiction, Capote emerges as a richly
multidimensional person-both brilliant and flawed.