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Portraits and Observations

The Essays of Truman Capote
Capote, Truman (Book - 2007 )
Portraits and Observations
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Perhaps no twentieth century writer was so observant and elegant a chronicler of his times as Truman Capote. Whether he was profiling the rich and famous or creating indelible word-pictures of events and places near and far, Capote's eye for detail and dazzling style made his reportage and commentary undeniable triumphs of the form. Portraits and Observations is the first volume devoted solely to all the essays ever published by this most beloved of writers. From his travel sketches of Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Hollywood, written when he was twenty-two, to meditations about fame, fortune, and the writer's art at the peak of his career, to the brief works penned during the isolated denouement of his life, these essays provide an essential window into mid-twentieth-century America as offered by one of its canniest observers. Included are such celebrated masterpieces of narrative nonfiction as "The Muses Are Heard" and the short nonfiction novel "Handcarved Coffins," as well as many long-out-of-print essays, including portraits of Isak Dinesen, Mae West, Marcel Duchamp, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe. Among the highlights are "Ghosts in Sunlight: The Filming of In Cold Blood, "Preface to Music for Chameleons, in which Capote candidly recounts the highs and lows of his long career, and a playful self-portrait in the form of an imaginary self-interview. The book concludes with the author's last written words, composed the day before his death in 1984, the recently discovered "Remembering Willa Cather," Capote's touching recollection of his encounter with the author when he was a young man at the dawn of his career. Portraits and Observations puts on display the full spectrum of Truman Capote's brilliance. Certainly, Capote was, as Somerset Maugham famously called him, "a stylist of the first quality." But as the pieces gathered here remind us, he was also an artist of remarkable substance.
Authors: Capote, Truman, 1924-1984
Title: Portraits and observations
the essays of Truman Capote
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 518 p. ; 25 cm
Notes: Includes index
Contents: New Orleans
New York
Brooklyn
Hollywood
Haiti
To Europe
Ischia
Tangier
A ride through Spain
Fontana Vecchia
Style: and the Japanese
The muses are heard
The Duke in his domain
From Observations: Richard Avedon, John Huston, Charlie Chaplin, A gathering of swans, Pablo Picasso, Coco Chanel, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Cocteau and André Gide, Mae West, Louis Armstrong, Humphrey Bogart, Ezra Pound, Somerset Maugham, Isak Dinesen
A house on the heights
Lola
Jane Bowles
Extreme magic
Ghosts in sunlight: The filming of In cold blood
Greek paragraphs
A voice from a cloud
Cecil Beaton
The white rose
Self-portrait
Preface to The dogs bark
Elizabeth Taylor
Music for chameleons
Then it all came down
Handcarved coffins
A day's work
Dazzle
Hidden gardens
Hello, stranger
Derring-do
Nocturnal turnings
A beautiful child
Mr. Jones
A lamp in the window
Hospitality
Preface to Music for chameleons
Remembering Tennessee
Remembering Willa Cather
ISBN: 9781400066612
1400066611
Branch Call Number: 814 Capote
814 Capote
Subject Headings: Capote, Truman, 1924-1984 Voyages and travels Authors, American 20th century United States Social life and customs 20th century Essays
Topical Term: Voyages and travels
Authors, American
Essays
LCCN: 2007036624
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