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Truman Capote “Miriam”. Childhood B. 1924, New Orleans, LA Mom = courntry girl eager to escape Monroeville, AL (married at 16) Dad = spendthrift, seeking.

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1 Truman Capote “Miriam”

2 Childhood B. 1924, New Orleans, LA Mom = courntry girl eager to escape Monroeville, AL (married at 16) Dad = spendthrift, seeking easy money Divorced 1928

3 Monroeville, AL Grew up in Monroeville Friends with Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) 30s & 40s lived w/Sook, distant cousin, closest thing to family he had yrs) Mom out and about looking for a husband and money (self absorbed)

4 New York Mom finally marry businessman adopted Truman, move to New York

5 Truman, The Man IQ: 215 Short, 5’3” High voice w/lisp Openly (always) homosexual Craved fame/society life

6 Truman, The Writer 1945, “Miriam” 1946, Shut a Final Door…won O.Henry award 1948, Other Voices, Other Rooms… controversial

7 1950, Asphalt Jungle, Marilyn Monroe 1951, The Grass Harp; 1996, movie 1954, Beat the Devil, Humphrey Bogart 1958, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepborn, George Peppard 1965, In Cold Blood, true crime

8 Truman, Post Cold Blood Socialite “jet set” New York celebrity 60s & 70s: drugs, alcohol (denied) Friends w/Andy Warhol, partied Studio 54 80s, moved to West Coast, recluse Died, 1984

9 A Tortured Artist? What qualities about Capote’s life would contribute to his writing dark romantic narratives? Who was more tortured, Poe or Capote?


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