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The 50s: The Story of a Decade

by Truman Capote Elizabeth Bishop David Remnick Henry Finder The New Yorker Magazine

Including contributions by Elizabeth Bishop * Truman Capote * John Cheever * Roald Dahl * Janet Flanner * Nadine Gordimer * A. J. Liebling * Dwight Macdonald * Joseph Mitchell * Marianne Moore * Vladimir Nabokov * Sylvia Plath * V. S. Pritchett * Adrienne Rich * Lillian Ross * Philip Roth * Anne Sexton * James Thurber * John Updike * Eudora Welty * E. B. White * Edmund Wilson And featuring new perspectives by Jonathan Franzen * Malcolm Gladwell * Adam Gopnik * Elizabeth Kolbert * Jill Lepore * Rebecca Mead * Paul Muldoon * Evan Osnos * David Remnick The 1950s are enshrined in the popular imagination as the decade of poodle skirts and "I Like Ike." But this was also a complex time, in which the afterglow of Total Victory firmly gave way to Cold War paranoia. A sense of trepidation grew with the Suez Crisis and the H-bomb tests. At the same time, the fifties marked the cultural emergence of extraordinary new energies, like those of Thelonious Monk, Sylvia Plath, and Tennessee Williams. The New Yorker was there in real time, chronicling the tensions and innovations that lay beneath the era's placid surface. In this thrilling volume, classic works of reportage, criticism, and fiction are complemented by new contributions from the magazine's present all-star lineup of writers, including Jonathan Franzen, Malcolm Gladwell, and Jill Lepore. Here are indelible accounts of the decade's most exciting players: Truman Capote on Marlon Brando as a pampered young star; Emily Hahn on Chiang Kai-shek in his long Taiwanese exile; and Berton Roueché on Jackson Pollock in his first flush of fame. Ernest Hemingway, Emily Post, Bobby Fischer, and Leonard Bernstein are also brought to vivid life in these pages. The magazine's commitment to overseas reporting flourished in the 1950s, leading to important dispatches from East Berlin, the Gaza Strip, and Cuba during the rise of Castro. Closer to home, the fight to break barriers and establish a new American identity led to both illuminating coverage, as in a portrait of Thurgood Marshall at an NAACP meeting in Atlanta, and trenchant commentary, as in E. B. White's blistering critique of Senator Joe McCarthy. The arts scene is here recalled in critical writing rarely reprinted, whether it's Wolcott Gibbs on My Fair Lady, Anthony West on Invisible Man, or Philip Hamburger on Candid Camera. The reader is made witness to the initial response to future cultural touchstones through Edmund Wilson's galvanizing book review of Doctor Zhivago and Kenneth Tynan's rapturous response to the original production of Gypsy. As always, The New Yorker didn't just consider the arts but contributed to them. Among the audacious young writers who began publishing in the fifties was one who would become a stalwart for the magazine in both fiction and criticism for fifty-five years: John Updike. Also featured here are great early works from Philip Roth and Nadine Gordimer, as well as startling poems by Theodore Roethke and Anne Sexton, among others. Completing the panoply are insightful and entertaining new pieces by present day New Yorker contributors examining the 1950s through contemporary eyes. The result is a vital portrait of American culture as only one magazine in the world could do it.From the Hardcover edition.

A sangre fría

by Truman Capote

«El pueblo de Holcomb está en las elevadas llanuras trigueras del oeste de Kansas, una zona solitaria que otros habitantes de Kansas llaman 'allá'...» A partir de esta localización precisa, Truman Capote captura al lector en una historia apasionante e inaugura, como él mismo proclamara, un género.La historia es la de los cuatro integrantes de la familia Clutter, salvajemente asesinados en su casa, una tragedia que se enlaza con el linchamiento de Dick Hickock y Perry Smith, cinco años, cuatro meses y diecinueve días más tarde.El género: la «nonfiction novel», una genial combinación de los elementos clave de los oficios de escritor y periodista. Con eficacia pionera, Capote siguió paso a paso la vida del pequeño pueblo de Holcomb y concentró su atención en los criminales; curiosamente, ese trabajo de investigación lo convirtió en el biógrafo de una sociedad. Como escribió Frederick R. Karl: «El caso Clutter fue seguramente el primero de los numerosos crímenes horribles, aquellos asesinatos masivos que acompañaron a los asesinatos políticos...Quizá por primera vez, Capote percibió cómo una sociedad se definía a sí misma en relación con sus crímenes, con su capacidad para asesinar».

ANSWERED PRAYERS

by Truman Capote

A brilliantly malicious expose of the literary jet-set, when Answered Prayersfirst appeared in excerpts in Esquire magazine it outraged Capote's society friends, who recognized thinly veiled portraits of themselves in these scandalous fictional 'memoirs'. P. B. Jones is the amoral, bisexual protagonist of this great, unfinished novel, who discovers that bed-hoping rather than literary ability is the way to get published. Living by his wits and his charm, Jones makes his way through the exotic boudoirs of the glitterati - only to discover that the prayers that are answered cause more pain than those that remained ignored.

El arpa de hierba

by Truman Capote

Collin Fenwick es el joven huérfano que vive con las solteronas Talbo: Verena, la mujer más rica del pueblo, y Dolly, que ha hipotecado su vida al cuidado de su hermana y de la casa. Ambas padecen de soledad. Dolly sólo halla distracción en los ratos que pasa con Catherine, una negra que realiza las labores domésticas. La intervención de un pícaro que desvalija a Verena desencadena el acontecimiento central: Dolly y Catherine abandonan la casa y se instalan, junto al joven Collin, en la precaria cabaña construida en la cima de un enorme árbol. Este hecho insólito provocará una división en el seno del pueblo. El estilo inconfundible de Truman Capote - la variedad de matices de registro, la hondura y sutileza psicológica, el humor mágico e irreverente- es el instrumento perfecto para contar El arpa de hierba, obra clave de su universo literario y pieza fundamental para valorar su aporte a la narrativa contemporánea. A los 24 años, Truman Capote alcanza la cima del reconocimiento literario con Otras voces, otros ámbitos (1948), y se descubre con recursos suficientes para emprender la aventura de viajar a Europa. Durante los años siguientes, mientras escribe su segundo libro, El arpa de hierba, y es solicitado por las revistas neoyorquinas más influyentes, en las que publica relatos y crónicas de viaje, recorre Francia, España, Grecia e Italia (se instala durante un largo periodo en Taormina), y mantiene estrecha correspondencia con amigos y editores. Aislado de la vida social ("aquí no hay nada qué hacer más que leer y escribir", afirma en una carta), confiesa a sus corresponsales su enorme interés en cualquier enredo o intriga. OTROS reconocidos TÍTULOS DEL AUTOR: A SANGRE FRÍA, DESAYUNO EN TIFFANY'S.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

by Truman Capote

In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm.This volume also includes three of Capote's best-known stories, "House of Flowers," "A Diamond Guitar," and "A Christmas Memory," which the Saturday Review called "one of the most moving stories in our language." It is a tale of two innocents--a small boy and the old woman who is his best friend--whose sweetness contains a hard, sharp kernel of truth.

Breakfast at Tiffany's

by Truman Capote

Contains:Breakfast at Tiffany'sHouse of FlowersA Diamond GuitarA Christmas Memory

Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories

by Truman Capote

Contains: Breakfast at Tiffany's, House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, A Christmas Memory

A Christmas Memory

by Truman Capote

First published in 1956, this much sought-after autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote's rural Alabama boyhood has become a modern-day classic. We are proud to be reprinting this warm and delicately illustrated edition of A Christmas Memory--"a tiny gem of a holiday story" (School Library Journal, starred review). Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls--one young and one old--and the memories they share of beloved holiday rituals.

A Christmas Memory

by Truman Capote

Truman Capote's boyhood Christmas memoir, rereleased with a beautiful new packaging. The classic story of Truman Capote's childhood Christmas ritual is more endearing than ever in this newly redesigned package. In celebration of A Christmas Memory's enduring appeal, this repackaged edition retains Beth Peck's evocative watercolors and Capote's original text. First published in 1956, this is the story from Capote's childhood of lovingly making fruitcakes from scratch at Christmas-time with his elderly cousin, and has stood the test of time to become known as an American holiday classic.

A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor

by Truman Capote

Taking its place next to Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood on the Modern Library bookshelf is this new and original edition of Capote's most famous short stories: "A Christmas Memory, " "One Christmas, " and "A Thanksgiving Memory." All three stories are distinguished by Capote's delicate interplay of childhood sensibility and recollective vision.

The Complete Stories of Truman Capote

by Truman Capote Reynolds Price

A landmark collection that brings together Truman Capote's life's work in the form he called his "great love," The Complete Stories confirms Capote's status as a master of the short story. Ranging from the gothic South to the chic East Coast, from rural children to aging urban sophisticates, all the unforgettable places and people of Capote's oeuvre are here, in stories as elegant as they are heartfelt, as haunting as they are compassionate. Reading them reminds us of the miraculous gifts of a beloved American original.made-for-TV movie . . . and "The Bargain," Capote's melancholy, never-before-published 1950 story about a suburban housewife's shifting fortunes.From the gothic South to the chic East Coast, from rural children to aging urban sophisticates, all the unforgettable places and people of Capote's oeuvre are captured in this first-ever compendium. The Collected Stories of Truman Capote should restore its author to a place above mere celebrity, to the highest levels of American letters.

Desayuno en Tiffany

by Truman Capote

"No entregues nunca tu corazón a un ser salvaje porque, si lo haces, se vuelve más y más fuerte hasta que adquiere la fuerza suficiente para volver al bosque o volar hacia un árbol. Y luego, a otro más alto hasta que desaparece en el cielo."Holly Golightly es, tal vez, el personaje más cautivante creado por Truman Capote. Atractiva sin ser linda, tras haber rechazado una carrera de actriz en Hollywood se convierte en una de las figuras de la Nueva York más sofisticada, tomando cócteles por las noches, saliendo con hombres adinerados y rompiendo corazones. Mezcla de picardía e inocencia, de astucia y autenticidad, Holly se contenta con vivir el presente, sin mencionar su pasado y sin aferrarse a nada ni a nadie. Pero, pese al glamour que la rodea, soñando siempre con ese paraíso de lujo que representa la joyería Tiffany, de a poco revela una personalidad mucho menos resplandeciente.

The Early Stories of Truman Capote

by Truman Capote Hilton Als

The early fiction of one of the nation's most celebrated writers, Truman Capote, as he takes his first bold steps into the canon of American literature Recently rediscovered in the archives of the New York Public Library, these short stories provide an unparalleled look at Truman Capote writing in his teens and early twenties, before he penned such classics as Other Voices, Other Rooms, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and In Cold Blood. This collection of more than a dozen pieces showcases the young Capote developing the unique voice and sensibility that would make him one of the twentieth century's most original writers. Spare yet heartfelt, these stories summon our compassion and feeling at every turn. Capote was always drawn to outsiders--women, children, African Americans, the poor--because he felt like one himself from a very early age. Here we see Capote's powers of empathy developing as he depicts his characters struggling at the margins of their known worlds. A boy experiences the violence of adulthood when he pursues an escaped convict into the woods. Petty jealousies lead to a life-altering event for a popular girl at Miss Burke's Academy for Young Ladies. In a time of extraordinary loss, a woman fights to save the life of a child who has her lover's eyes. In these stories we see early signs of Capote's genius for creating unforgettable characters built of complexity and yearning. Young women experience the joys and pains of new love. Urbane sophisticates are worn down by cynicism. Children and adults alike seek understanding in a treacherous world. There are tales of crime and violence; of racism and injustice; of poverty and despair. And there are tales of generosity and tenderness; compassion and connection; wit and wonder. Above all there is the developing voice of a writer born in the Deep South who will use and eventually break from that tradition to become a literary figure like no other. With a foreword by the celebrated New Yorker critic Hilton Als, this volume of early stories is essential for understanding how a boy from Monroeville, Alabama, became a legend in American literature.Praise for The Early Stories of Truman Capote "[Capote's early] stories are special. Not just because they give a glimpse of an author finding his voice; or for the traces of his masterpieces. But also because they stand in their own right as lovely vignettes of the lives of the lonely, broken and troubled. . . . If you consider they were written when he was a child--aged between eleven and nineteen--then they become breathtaking in their precocity, craftsmanship, simplicity and the tenderness he became renowned for."--The Independent (U.K.)"These ten-plus stories were written when Capote was a teenager and young man and will shed light on his subsequent work while remaining sharply observed pleasures in their own right."--Library Journal"[A] gathering of the great American prose stylist's earliest pieces, published for the first time . . . Students of both Capote and the short story will find this instructive and entertaining."--Kirkus ReviewsFrom the Hardcover edition.

The Grass Harp

by Truman Capote

Set in a small Southern town in the 1930s, this classic work tells the story of three endearing misfits--an orphaned boy and two whimsical old ladies--who one day take up residence in a tree house. Now a major motion picture from Fine Line Features, starring Sissy Spacek, Walter Matthau, Piper Laurie, and Nell Carter.

In Cold Blood

by Truman Capote

National Bestseller On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

In Cold Blood

by Truman Capote

National Bestseller On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Music For Chameleons

by Truman Capote

In these gems of reportage Truman Capote takes true stories and real people and renders then with the stylistic brio we expect from great fiction. Here we encounter an exquisitely preserved Creole aristocrat sipping absinthe in her Martinique salon; an enigmatic killer who sends his victims announcements of their forthcoming demise; and a proper Connecticut householder with a ruinous obsession for a twelve-year-old girl he has never met. And we meet Capote himself, who, whether he is smoking with his cleaning lady or trading sexual gossip with Marilyn Monroe, remainds one of the most elegant, malicious, yet compassionate writers to train his eye on the social fauna of our time. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Música para camaleones

by Truman Capote

A comienzos de la década del ochenta, Truman Capote dio a conocer «Música para camaleones». El relato que da título al conjunto transcurre en la Martinica y registra la conversación de una dama criolla cuya frialdad contrasta con la bochornosa opresión del entorno. "Féretros tallados a mano" consigna el regreso a la tesitura de «A sangre fría».En los "Retratos coloquiales", la narración de una mujer que realiza la limpieza o las declaraciones de un convicto nos dan a conocer mundos cerrados, autónomos, de doméstica o perversa perfección. En "Una hermosa niña" -gracias a la calidez de la memoria- un recuerdo evocado se convierte en el mayor retrato literario de Marilyn Monroe.

Musica Para Camaleones

by Truman Capote Benito Gómez Ibáñez

Novela de Truman Capote.

Other Voices, Other Rooms

by Truman Capote

Published when Truman Capote was only twenty-three years old, Other Voices, Other Rooms is a literary touchstone of the mid-twentieth century. In this semiautobiographical coming-of-age novel, thirteen-year-old Joel Knox, after losing his mother, is sent from New Orleans to live with the father who abandoned him at birth. But when Joel arrives at Skully's Landing, the decaying mansion in rural Alabama, his father is nowhere to be found. Instead, Joel meets his morose stepmother, Amy, eccentric cousin Randolph, and a defiant little girl named Idabel, who soon offers Joel the love and approval he seeks.Fueled by a world-weariness that belied Capote's tender age, this novel tempers its themes of waylaid hopes and lost innocence with an appreciation for small pleasures and the colorful language of its time and place.This new edition, featuring an enlightening Introduction by John Berendt, offers readers a fresh look at Capote's emerging brilliance as a writer of protean power and effortless grace.From the Hardcover edition.

Otras voces, otros ámbitos

by Truman Capote

La novela está habitada por personajes inolvidables: Amy, obsesionada con la idea de la caridad y la beneficencia; las mellizas Idabel y Florabel; Randolph, el visionario alucinado y homosexual; Jesús Fiebre y Pequeño Luz de Sol, dos viejos hechiceros negros; Joel, el niño en el umbral de la adolescente que vive desvelado por imágenes entrevistas. Todo un mundo misterioso y deslumbrante comparece ante nuestros ojos, toda una historia.

Un placer fugaz

by Truman Capote

Incisivo, mordaz, seductor, impertinente, cínico y romántico, Truman Capote, el enfant terrible de las letras norteamericanas, no es solo uno de los grandes narradores del siglo XX, sino también un icono cultural, un mito, una leyenda que se agranda con el paso del tiempo. El grueso de las cartas compiladas en este volumen, editado por su biógrafo Gerald Clarke, conforman una suerte de autobiografía en la que el autor de Desayuno en Tiffany's se confiesa ante los distintos corresponsales a lo largo de toda su vida, desde los años de tímido adolescente y genio precoz en Nueva York, pasando por el despertar a la fama con su primera novela, el voluntario y largo exilio europeo, la infernal redacción de A sangre fría, su obra maestra, hasta llegar a la decadencia, física e intelectual, en los años ochenta, víctima de la depresión, el alcohol y las drogas. Por estas páginas desfilan, magistralmente evocados por la lengua viperina de Capote, todos los escritores de su generación, pero también actores, actrices, pintores, fotógrafos, políticos: todo el siglo XX, con sus luces y sus sombras, reverbera a través de esta verdadera novela epistolar.

Un placer fugaz

by Truman Capote

Incisivo, mordaz, seductor, impertinente, cínico y romántico, Truman Capote, el enfant terrible de las letras norteamericanas, no es solo uno de los grandes narradores del siglo XX, sino también un icono cultural, un mito, una leyenda que se agranda con el paso del tiempo. El grueso de las cartas compiladas en este volumen, editado por su biógrafo Gerald Clarke, conforman una suerte de autobiografía en la que el autor de Desayuno en Tiffany's se confiesa ante los distintos corresponsales a lo largo de toda su vida, desde los años de tímido adolescente y genio precoz en Nueva York, pasando por el despertar a la fama con su primera novela, el voluntario y largo exilio europeo, la infernal redacción de A sangre fría, su obra maestra, hasta llegar a la decadencia, física e intelectual, en los años ochenta, víctima de la depresión, el alcohol y las drogas. Por estas páginas desfilan, magistralmente evocados por la lengua viperina de Capote, todos los escritores de su generación, pero también actores, actrices, pintores, fotógrafos, políticos: todo el siglo XX, con sus luces y sus sombras, reverbera a través de esta verdadera novela epistolar.

Plegarias atendidas

by Truman Capote

El protagonista de la novela -ingenioso, encantador, bisexual, absolutamente amoral- logró escaparse de un orfanato a los trece años, aprendió el oficio de masajista y se las ingenió para convertirse en un pícaro moderno y codearse con los ricos y los famosos, desempeñando unas veces el papel de confidente, otras el de bufón.

Portraits and Observations

by Truman Capote

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.

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