Truman Capote In Which Various Friends Enemies Acquaintences and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career He was the most social of writers and at the height of his career he was the very nexus of the glamorous worlds of the arts politics and society a position best exemplified by his still legendary

  • Title: Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintences and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career
  • Author: George Plimpton
  • ISBN: 9780385491730
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • He was the most social of writers, and at the height of his career, he was the very nexus of the glamorous worlds of the arts, politics and society, a position best exemplified by his still legendary Black and White Ball Truman truly knew everyone, and now the people who knew him best tell his remarkable story to bestselling author and literary lion, George Plimpton.UsingHe was the most social of writers, and at the height of his career, he was the very nexus of the glamorous worlds of the arts, politics and society, a position best exemplified by his still legendary Black and White Ball Truman truly knew everyone, and now the people who knew him best tell his remarkable story to bestselling author and literary lion, George Plimpton.Using the oral biography style that made his Edie edited with Jean Stein a bestseller, George Plimpton has blended the voices of Capote s friends, lovers, and colleagues into a captivating and narrative Here we see the entire span of Capote s life, from his Southern childhood, to his early days in New York his first literary success with the publication of Other Voices, Other Rooms his highly active love life the groundbreaking excitement of In Cold Blood, the first nonfiction novel his years as a jet setter and his final days of flagging inspiration, alcoholism, and isolation All his famous friends and enemies are here C.Z Guest, Katharine Graham, Lauren Bacall, Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, John Huston, William F Buckley, Jr and dozens of others.Full of wonderful stories, startlingly intimate and altogether fascinating, this is the most entertaining account of Truman Capote s life yet, as only the incomparable George Plimpton could have done it.

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    1. I read this a long time ago and remember it as being well written and interesting. I own a copy and want to reread it to give it a proper review. Truman Capote was quite a character and up until the last few years of his life was one heck of a good writer.

    2. I saw the movie, Infamous, which is more or less based on part of this book, and because I liked the movie, I thought I'd get even more out of the book. WRONG. The author interviewed about 200 people who knew something about Capote, then cut that material into a bunch of paragraph length gossips, then pasted all the stuff together in chronological order. NOT the way to write an interesting book. In fact, I'd say Plimpton didn't really write a book,he just recorded conversations and pasted other [...]

    3. Amazing amazing amazing. A pastiche of stories from those who knew, loved, and hated TC best. The way a biography should be written. TC is fascinating and the stories about the literati to the glitterati--from Yaddo to The Plaza--are hilarious, astute, devastating, and, most importantly, contradictory. I'm running out to read Edie now (Plimpton's other "biography" in this style).

    4. As in Plimpton’s biography of Edie Sedgwick, Edie: American Girl, he weaves together the opinions, the diary entries, the essays, and reflections of those who knew Truman Capote. An interesting concept, because some writers contradict others concerning the same topic, and the reader must discern who is right, or else abandon such an idea and just enjoy the nature of this biography. At times Capote's story is gossipy, at other times, heart-wrenching as his friends share their witnessing of his [...]

    5. I found this book to be very gripping. It was a page turner. It was an oral biography. Various people talked about Capote, from his childhood in Alabama to his death in California. Some people were obviously self-serving, or trying to bury a hatchet, or out to lunch, but it was still interesting, because they said as much about themselves as they did about Capote. It also let you see what type of people he was surrounded by.It provided information and context about Capote, without being too heav [...]

    6. This book attracted me as much for Plimpton as for Capote; I've always liked the Paper Lion's style. And what he does here is epic and fascinating, letting the pattern show itself: that Capote made each of his friends feel like s/he was his only friend, his only TRUE friend, the only one special enough (Milton's "fit reader though few" comes to mind) to really be suitable company for so discriminating a sensibility as Capote's. What a frightening creature. Like a Siren, seducing sailors onto the [...]

    7. I don't remember how this book ended up in my apartment. I think I pulled it out of the free book box at work. I like Truman Capote's writing, especially "In Cold Blood", his short stories and some of his short non-fiction. I can't really say I have much interest in reading literary biographies (this was my first and probably only dive into the genre). I didn't really like this book very much, I only read about 200 pages of it (reading some parts, skimming others, skipping most). The most intere [...]

    8. I have a couple of Capote's books on my to-read list and have always wondered why there seems to be a sort of mystique about him. I got this book at the library and found out more (and less) than I wanted to know. It was pretty long, 470 pages or so and really dragged for me in some places. I found myself just wanting "the dirt". But then there's something else; the book, by George Plimpton, is written in a style called "Oral Biography" and I've never read naything like it. Each vignette was tol [...]

    9. "e reader is treated to information delivered firsthand, as if one had happened in on a large gathering, perhaps a cocktail party of Truman Capote's acquaintances," Mr. Plimpton, in his 'Note to the Reader,' offers by way of introduction (and explanation) at the beginning of this (oral) biography. "With a glass in hand (probably a vodka) our reader moves from group to group and listens in on personal reminiscences, opinion, vitriol, and anecdot." True enough & as a result it is as insightful [...]

    10. I really like George Plimpton biographies. Its like you are sitting around in a living room and everyone is talking about Truman Capote.Truman as a person and a writer was quite a force. Even though I feel like I know a lot about him, I still feel like there is a lot of mystery concerning his nature and motivations. He was definitely a person with motivations--horribly good or wonderfully bad. One thing I did miss out on was some of the details. Like when did he start drinking and pill popping? [...]

    11. Even after reading this biography, I still come away thinking Truman Capote was way larger than life.Actual content of the biography aside, I thought the way it was written was interesting. George Plimpton collected little anecdotes from the various people in Capote's life and put them in together according to theme or period of time. It was a little confusing for me because I didn't know some of these people and their relationship to Capote, but I liked how it would give various angles to the s [...]

    12. I've read about Truman Capote before so I didn't find anything massively startling in this book. I don't really understand why Jack Dunphy was so prominent in his life, then sort of disappeared for the 60s and 70s, only to reappear when TC was ill and passed away. As for the 'Answered Prayers' scandal, I'd read the biography of the Cushing sisters (about Babe Paley and her sisters) and understood her perspective on it, it was difficult to be sympathetic to TC knowing that. It's a terrific book, [...]

    13. First let me say that I'm a pretty hard core fan of Capotes (not so much In Cold Blood, but his short stories - which I normally hate - and, his collected magazine pieces). Don't read this if you're not really into him. Even as a fan I was somewhat bored, and just plain SADDENED by his life. That being said, when I read about his last moments it made the theme of his life (grieving over the loss of a mother & the search for a new one - I know, pretty darn obvious) clear and it helped to expl [...]

    14. I love this book, and I love George Plimpton! With this book, Plimpton comes out with a new form of biography. He tells the story of Truman Capote's life, by ingeniously editing the words of "various friends, enemies, acquaintances and detractors" together to create a seamless narrative. We get to know Truman Capote through the people in his life and what a life it was. Really poignant and also fun. Highly recommended for anyone who likes biographies, Truman Capote fan's, and those who are inter [...]

    15. When it comes to entertainment, Plimpton's amalgam of communal recollections are to biographies as well-produced documentaries are to Charlie Rose's interviews -- it's maybe not as interesting as it is entertaining, not unlike watching the movie. At the same time, when it comes to the actual facts, there's something refreshing about hearing about one's life through the filter of their counterparts -- especially when dealing with someone as exaggerated as Capote.Overall, a thoroughly engrossing b [...]

    16. I am still slowing working my way through this book, which surprises me. I do plan on finishing this book but it is not good as Gerald Clarke’s autobiography of Truman Capote, which makes my top ten list of books I love. While I have discovered some new and interesting things about Capote, I find this book to more negative than I thought it would be. Yes, Truman made a lot of enemies in his lifetime, however there are parts of this book where it seems like the only enjoyment certain people can [...]

    17. For a great biograpy of Capote read Gerald Clarke's Capote. This oral biography is an interesting read. The book is chronologically arranged statements from other people about Truman Capote. In his forward to the reader George Plimpton compares reading this book to a attending cocktail party where one could wander from table to table listening to what others have to say about Capote. It does read this way. Nothing new in terms of biographical information really but gives an array of perspectives [...]

    18. This was an utterly fascinating look into the circus that was Truman Capote. It follows his entire lifetime and kept me completely entertained throughout. I came away with a list of at least 10 of his contemporaries that I'd love to read more about, including the author of this compilation, George Plimpton. To me, that is what good non fiction should do; inform you about one subject while sparking your interest in others. I would highly recommend this book.

    19. Disappointing. Instead of the insight, snark, gossip and personal depth I thought I would get, this book was just a long, repetitive glossing over of his life & work by the people who knew him. Maybe it's not theirs or Plimpton's fault, maybe absolutely no one knew what made Capote tick (and eventually explode like a time bomb) but this felt extremely superficial and frustrating--like trying to scuba dive with a snorkel.

    20. Capote lived and breathed gossip and scandal, and this is exactly the biography he deserves, and I mean that in the best sense. It’s a marvelously entertaining collage of anecdotes and oral histories and reading it resembles nothing so much as being at a fabulous cocktail party held “in the honor of…. “ Tru delight.

    21. Hugely entertaining biography of Truman Capote that concentrates primarily on his life after In Cold Blood when he was the darling of New York Society. Written by Plimpton, who was in the center of that world as well, very entertaining anecdotes of friends and enemies, rich and famous, funny and sad. An easy, fun read!

    22. I read To Kill a Mockingbird and then read In Cold Blood and HAD to know more about Truman Capote. SoI borrowed this from my mother-in-law and read this on the plane from Mesa, AZ. Very good. It is written in bits and pieces from people in Truman's life. Funny, tawdry, catty, wonderful. Please, don't read this if you like him and want to keep liking him.

    23. About half way through this fascinating read about this most unusual creative genius, with a touch of madness perhaps, or maybe I will just call him "eccentric". I have enjoyed every book by TC that I have read, including "In Cold Blood". It is very interesting to learn about this most unusual author's "private life".

    24. A Plimpton pleasure. Thorough with a hint of malice which Capote may not have appreciated, but would certainly have understood. For a Capote nut, this book is a jewel. And an homage to his own brand of writing- combining truth with, well, something else.

    25. I was totally enthralled. Super interesting. The format is great too. It's just interviews with people who knew him. You sort of have to decide for yourself who is and isn't completely full of shit. Loved it.

    26. This is the lazy man's biography. It's an endless series of highlights from the conversations Plimpton and his staff had with folks that hung out with Capote - unfortunately no comments from Harper Lee.

    27. I'm partial to this particular look at Capote's life, not only because it is lovely to read, but because I have an autographed copy. I spoke to George Plimpton while he signed my book and we had a brief series of correspondence.

    28. Fascinating look at Capote. The oral history format works extremely well because of the disparate views, feelings, and experiences each interviewee had about and with Capote, not to mention the many and varied lies he told throughout his life.

    29. Another great oral history from George Plimpton (a la "Edie"). It's possible that oral history has been done to death as a format, but when it works, it is completely absorbing. Everything I know (or recall) about Capote, bad and good, is probably because of this book.

    30. After I read Party of the Century, I got interested in Capote's story. This book tells it in a different way. Instead of being a straight biography, it has commentary from various famous people, friends and high society. It was fascinating.

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