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  1. TrumanCapote “Miriam”

  2. Childhood • B. 1924, New Orleans, LA • Mom = courntry girl eager to escape Monroeville, AL (married at 16) • Dad = spendthrift, seeking easy money • Divorced 1928

  3. Monroeville, AL • Grew up in Monroeville • Friends with Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) • 30s & 40s lived w/Sook, distant cousin, closest thing to family he had (@60 yrs) • Mom out and about looking for a husband and money (self absorbed)

  4. New York • Mom finally marry businessman • adopted Truman, move to New York

  5. Truman, The Man • IQ: 215 • Short, 5’3” • High voice w/lisp • Openly (always) homosexual • Craved fame/society life

  6. Truman, The Writer • 1945, “Miriam” • 1946, Shut a Final Door…won O.Henry award • 1948, Other Voices, Other Rooms… controversial

  7. 1950, Asphalt Jungle, Marilyn Monroe • 1951, The Grass Harp; 1996, movie • 1954, Beat the Devil, Humphrey Bogart • 1958, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepborn, George Peppard • 1965, In Cold Blood, true crime

  8. Truman, Post Cold Blood • Socialite • “jet set” • New York celebrity • 60s & 70s: drugs, alcohol (denied) • Friends w/Andy Warhol, partied Studio 54 • 80s, moved to West Coast, recluse • Died, 1984

  9. A Tortured Artist? • What qualities about Capote’s life would contribute to his writing dark romantic narratives? • Who was more tortured, Poe or Capote?