• Capote

  • A Biography
  • By: Gerald Clarke
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 25 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The national best-selling biography and the basis for the film Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman in an Academy Award-winning turn.

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 despair.

First published in 1988 - just four years after Capote's death - Clarke paints a vivid behind-the-scenes picture of the author's life, based on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with the man 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.

©1988 Gerald Clarke (P)2021 Tantor

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the brightest stars can self destruct

Revealing, Sad, Honest, Engaging.
A roller coaster ride that thankfully left me more interested in Capote's work than before.
And left me with sadness of a life that fell to pieces. Indeed, Answered Prayers can be dangerous.
Author easily explains the relationship between Truman's childhood and the unwinding of his life.
Sometimes the brightest stars are so bright they self destruct.
Well read and performed with good restrained use of accent.

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Truman Capote's Antics

One of the funniest books I have ever read with a great narrator. A gem.

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Capote …Strange Man

Capote was more than strange …appears demented and perhaps needed medical help..he got attention from the Press and enjoyed it . Hopefully, his soul is in a good place now .