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Thursday, September 30, 2021

That Inner Music of the Words


“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that the words make.“ – Truman Capote


Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on this date in 1924, he was raised by his mother's relatives in Monroeville, Alabama after his parents were divorced.  In Monroeville, Capote was a neighbor and friend of Harper Lee, who would also go on to become an acclaimed author and a lifelong friend of Capote's.  Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird likely models Dill’s characterization after Capote. 


He grew to be an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, playwright and actor.  Several of his short stories, novels, and plays have been praised as literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's and the true crime novel In Cold Blood, which he labeled a "nonfiction novel.” Aided by Lee, Capote spent six years writing that book.   To date, his works have been adapted into more than 20 films and television dramas.

Flamboyant and philosophical, Capote noted shortly before his death in 1984, “Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.”




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