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Award Thursdays: Truman Capote

Post by: Kabita Sonowal
 
 
 On BookChums Award Thursdays this week, we feature American writer Truman Capote. He is synonymous with his diverse literary works including In Cold Blood; Breakfast at Tiffany's; Other Voices, Other rooms; The Glass Harp; The Dogs Bark; Music for Chameleons and House of Flowers. He realized his calling as a writer at the age of eleven. He earned accolades in regard to his literary merit very early from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. He recollected his childhood as - "I began writing really sort of seriously when I was about 12. I say seriously in the sense that like other kids go home and practice the violin or the piano or whatever, I used to go home from school every day, and I would write for about three hours. I was obsessed by it."

 

Capote was born in 1924 in New Orleans in Louisiana. His parents divorced when he was a child and he was raised by his relatives. He was later adopted by his stepfather, Joseph Capote and was renamed as Truman Garcia Capote. He attended the Franklin School in New York which is known as the Dwight School today. He worked as a copy boy in the art department of The New Yorker. However he was fired from his job. He turned to writing full-time; his first book was Summer Crossing. Harper Lee was his best friend and neighbor and helped him with the research of his book titled In Cold Blood. This is his most famous book. Most of his books and novellas have been made into film adaptations.

 
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