Truman Capote-Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Truman Capote-Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Truman Capote was an American writer whose non-fiction, stories, novels and plays are recognized literary classics, including the novel Breakfast at Tiffanys (1958) and In Cold Blood (1965), which he described as a "non-fiction novel." At least 20 films and television dramas were produced from Capote's novels, stories and screenplays. He was a lonely child who, before entering school, learned to read and write by himself. He moved to New York Cit... y in 1933 to live with Joseph Capote, a Cuban-born businessman, his mother and her new husband. Mr. Capote adopted Truman, changing his last name legally to Capote and enrolling him in private school. Truman Capote started his regular job as a copy boy at The New Yorker after graduating from high school in 1942. He also started his career as a writer during this time, publishing many short stories that introduced him to a literary critical circle. His first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, published in 1948, remained for nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and became controversial because of Capote's photograph used to promote the novel, pose seductively and look into the camera. In the 1950s and 1960s, Capote remained prolific in both fiction and non-fiction. His masterpiece, In Cold Blood, a story about the murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, was published by Random House in book form in 1966, became a worldwide success, bringing much praise to Capote from the literary community. He rarely published after this success and suffered from addiction to alcohol. He died at the age of 59 in 1984.READ MORE

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Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.

Never love a wild thing, Mr. Bell,' Holly advised him. 'That was Doc's mistake. He was always lugging home wild things. A hawk with a hurt wing. One time it was a full-grown bobcat with a broken leg. But you can't give your heart to a wild thing: the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they're strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That's how you'll end up, Mr. Bell. If you let yourself love a wild thing. You'll end up looking at the sky."
"She's drunk," Joe Bell informed me.
"Moderately," Holly confessed....Holly lifted her martini. "Let's wish the Doc luck, too," she said, touching her glass against mine. "Good luck: and believe me, dearest Doc -- it's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.

You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.

It may be normal, darling; but I'd rather be natural.

The answer is good things only happen to you if you're good. Good? Honest is more what I mean... Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore: I'd rather have cancer than a dishonest heart.

Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.

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