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The Early Stories of Truman Capote

(2015)
A collection of stories by

 
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 20s, 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 20th 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.

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Hardback Editions

October 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Early Stories of Truman Capote
Author(s): Truman Capote
ISBN: 0-241-20240-X / 978-0-241-20240-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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October 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Early Stories of Truman Capote
Author(s): Truman Capote
ISBN: 0-8129-9822-7 / 978-0-8129-9822-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

June 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Early Stories of Truman Capote (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Truman Capote
ISBN: 0-241-20242-6 / 978-0-241-20242-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Early Stories of Truman Capote
Author(s): Truman Capote
ISBN: 0-8129-8769-1 / 978-0-8129-8769-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Modern Library
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Audio Editions

October 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Early Stories of Truman Capote
Author(s): Truman Capote, Hilton Als - foreword
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Early Stories of Truman Capote
Author(s): Truman Capote
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


October 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Early Stories of Truman Capote (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Truman Capote
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Availability: Amazon UK   



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