Truman Capote was born September 30, 1924, in New Orleans. After his parents' divorce, he was sent to live with relatives in Monroeville, Alabama. It was here he would meet his lifelong friend, the author Harper Lee. Capote rose to international prominence in 1948 with the publication of his debut novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms. Among his celebrated works are Breakfast at Tiffany's, A Tree of Night, The Grass Harp, Summer Crossing, A Christmas Memory, and In Cold Blood, widely considered one of the greatest books of the twentieth century. Twice awarded the O. Henry Short Story Prize, Capote was also the recipient of a National Institute of Arts and Letters Creative Writing Award and an Edgar Award. He died August 25, 1984, shortly before his sixtieth birthday.
Capote's account of brutal 1959 Kansas murders became a cause c?l?bre in 1965 because of his application of fictional techniques to reportage. Presenting dialog that the writer could not have heard and entering the minds of real-life characters, even important historical figures, have lost much of their novelty, but Capote's approach is still striking for its attention to detail and ability to delineate characters with a few strokes. Awareness of how the writer manipulated his subjects, thanks to the film Capote, adds a layer of irony not available to his original readers. While true-crime tales have become commonplace, In Cold Blood has not lost its power to shock through its portrait of the violent invasion of the small-town values of a vanished, innocent America. As always, Scott Brick gives a capable reading, though he makes the Kansans sound too folksy. Recommended for all collections. Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"A masterpiece . . . a spellbinding work." --Life
"A remarkable, tensely exciting, superbly written 'true account.' " --The New York Times
"The best documentary account of an American crime ever written. . . . The book chills the blood and exercises the intelligence . . . harrowing." --The New York Review of Books
In the wake of the award-winning film Capote, interest in the author's 1965 true crime masterpiece has spiked. Capote's spellbinding narrative plumbs the psychological and emotional depths of a senseless quadruple murder in America's heartland. In the audio version, narrator Brick keeps up with the master storyteller every step of the way. In fact, Brick's surefooted performance is nothing short of stunning. He settles comfortably into every character on this huge stage-male and female, lawman and murderer, teen and spinster-and moves fluidly between them, generating the feel of a full-cast production. He assigns varying degrees of drawl to the citizens of Finney County, Kans., where the crimes take place, and supplements with an arsenal of tension-building cadences, hard and soft tones, regional and foreign accents, and subtle inflections, even embedding a quiver of grief in the voice of one character. This facile audio actor delivers an award-worthy performance, well-suited for a tale of such power that moves not only around the country but around the territory of the human psyche and heart. Available as a Vintage paperback. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.