Truman Capote

  • Birth name: Truman Streckfus Persons
  • American


A glib and mercurial man of vast verbal gifts, vivid in speech and penetrating in prose, Mr Capote was a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, actor, purveyor of often waspishly malicious gossip, and with "In Cold Blood," a pioneer in the so-called "nonfiction novel." - Washington Post, 26 August 1984
Notable Position Organization From To
Editorial Assistant Mademoiselle (magazine)
Copy Boy The New Yorker
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Timeline

Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1924/09/30 Truman Streckfus Persons is born at Tulane Hospital, New Orleans. At the time, his mother, Lillie Mae Faulk, lived at the Hotel Monteleone. Born Hotel Monteleone New Orleans Truman Capote's Birthday
1928/00/00 Truman Capote is sent to live with relatives in Monroeville Hometown Monroeville Alabama
1945/07/00 Truman Capote writes a letter to an unhappy reader of 'Miriam' from his mother's apartment at 1060 Park Avenue, NYC. "I take it you do not understand Miriam's relation to Mrs Miller,...." Author Miriam (short story) Carnegie Hill
1946/00/00 Capote's "Miriam" is awarded an O Henry Prize for the Best First-Published Story. Author Miriam (short story)
1946/07/00 Bradbury submits "Homecoming" to Mademoiselle. Editorial assistant Truman Capote rescues the manuscript from a slush pile and submits it for publication. Editor Assistant Homecoming (short story)
1948/00/00 During trip a to Haiti, Capote is inspired to write "House of Flowers" from his observations of island prostitutes. Visitor House of Flowers (short story) Haiti
1948/01/00 "Other Voices, Other Rooms" is published by Random House, George Plimpton, Truman Capote, Doubleday, NY 1998, 471. Author Other Voices, Other Rooms (novel)
1949/00/00 "A Tree of Night and Other Stories" is published. Author A Tree of Night and Other Stories
1951/00/00 "The Grass Harp" is published. Author The Grass Harp (novel)
1953/11/24 "Beat the Devil" is released. Screenwriter Beat the Devil
1954/12/30 Produced by Saint Subber, "House of Flowers" opens on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre. It will run played for 165 performances. Lyrics and Book House of Flowers (musical) Neil Simon Theatre New York City
1955/07/06 Truman Capote joins Mr Jack and his two dogs at an isolated, rented cabin on Fire Island. Rested and eager to write, Capote settles down to work on something called "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Author Breakfast at Tiffany's (book) Carrington House Brookhaven
1956/12/00 "A Christmas Memory" is published in Mademoiselle. Author A Christmas Memory (short story)
1956/12/28 In San Francisco, as Truman Capote gets into the elevator at the St Francis Hotel the steel doors go haywire and clamp into his head leaving his face blue, green, puce and mau-mau black and his left eye swollen shut. Life Westin St Francis Hotel San Francisco Truman Capote Profiles Marlon Brando
1957/01/01 Staying at the Princess Kaiulani Hotel, Capote writes that Japan Airlines has lost all of his luggage - clothes, work notes, reference books, everything. He is down to one tweed suit, a very Dirty Shirt and a pair of snow-boots. Life Waikiki Truman Capote Profiles Marlon Brando
1957/01/15 Truman Capote and Cecil Beaton visit the haunted ruins of Angkor Wat. Visitor Angkor Wat Cambodia Truman Capote Profiles Marlon Brando
1957/02/00 TC arrives at Brando's 4th flr suite at the Miyako with a bottle of vodka and chats with him over the next 5 hours. "Apple pie. That's all I need. I'm supposed to be on a diet. But the only things I want to eat are apple pie and stuff like that." MB Author The Duke in His Domain (article) Kyoto Kyoto Apple Pie Truman Capote Profiles Marlon Brando
1958/00/00 Breakfast at Tiffany's - published Author Breakfast at Tiffany's (book)
1959/11/16 Then one morning in November, 1959, while flicking through The New York Times, I encountered on a deep-inside page, this headline: Wealthy Farmer, 3 of Family Slain. Author In Cold Blood
1959/12/00 Truman Capote and research assistant Harper Lee travel to Holcomb, KS in the winter of 1960 to research 'In Cold Blood'. Work In Cold Blood Finney County
1966/01/17 Capote's "In Cold Blood" is published by Random House. Author In Cold Blood
1966/11/28 Truman Capote throws a Black and White themed masquerade party in honor of The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel. Host Plaza Hotel New York City Capote's Black and White Ball
1977/11/14 After 10 minutes of a rambling, incoherent commentary, Capote is asked to end a speech at Towson University in Maryland. He will explain the muddled talk was due to tranquilizers. "My goodness you'd have thought I killed the Lindbergh baby." Health
1978/07/00 During an appearance on the Stanley Siegal show, Capote is incoherent, having a hard time forming words. Some claim Capote had arrived for the interview okay but then took a Thorazine at the studio. Health
1980/00/00 "Music for Chameleons" is published. Author Music for Chameleons (collection)
1984/08/25 Truman Capote, whose health in recent years has been shaky, and who has admitted to problems with both alcohol and tranquilizers, is found dead at the home of Joanne Carson, second wife of television star Johnny Carson. Died

86 Creative Works by Truman Capote »

Title Type Association Y/M/D Moniker
Title Type Association Y/M/D Moniker
Miriam (short story) Author Short Story 1945/06/00
  • 1000 or so Notable Short Stories, True Tales and Mezzobulas
Other Voices, Other Rooms (novel) Author Novel 1948/01/00
Children on Their Birthdays (short story) Author Short Story 1949/00/00
Jug of Silver (short story) Author Short Story 1949/00/00
Master Misery (short story) Author Short Story 1949/00/00
A Tree of Night and Other Stories Author Short Story Collection 1949/00/00
My Side of the Matter (short story) Author Short Story 1949/00/00
Shut a Final Door (short story) Author Short Story 1949/00/00
A Tree of Night (short story) Author Short Story 1949/00/00
The Headless Hawk (short story) Author Short Story 1949/00/00
Local Color (essays) Author Travelogue 1950/00/00
To Europe (travel article) Author Article 1950/00/00
Hollywood (travel article) Author Article 1950/00/00
Ischia (travel article) Author Article 1950/00/00
New Orleans (travel article) Author Article 1950/00/00
A Ride Through Spain (travel article) Author Article 1950/00/00
New York City (travel article) Author Article 1950/00/00
House of Flowers (short story) Author Short Story 1950/00/00
Brooklyn (travel article) Author Article 1950/00/00
Tangier (travel article) Author Article 1950/00/00
Haiti (travel article) Author Article 1950/00/00
The Grass Harp (novel) Author Novel 1951/00/00
The Grass Harp (play) Author Play 1952/00/00
Terminal Station (film) Screenwriter (dialogue) Film 1953/04/02
Beat the Devil Screenwriter Film 1953/11/24
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House of Flowers (musical) Lyrics and Book Play 1954/12/30
Carmen Therezinha Solbiati - So Chic (short story) Author Short Story 1955/00/00
The Muses Are Heard (article) Author Article 1956/00/00
A Christmas Memory (short story) Author Short Story 1956/12/00
  • 1000 or so Notable Short Stories, True Tales and Mezzobulas
The Duke in His Domain (article) Author Article 1957/11/09
  • 1000 or so Notable Biographies, Memoirs and Verfabulas
Breakfast at Tiffany's (book) Author Mezzobula 1958/00/00
  • 1000 or so Notable Short Stories, True Tales and Mezzobulas
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Observations (collaborative art and photography book) Author Arts Book 1959/00/00
Brooklyn Heights: A Personal Memoir Author Memoir 1959/02/00
The Innocents (1961 film) Screenwriter Film 1961/11/24
Selected Writings of Truman Capote (anthology) Author Anthology 1963/00/00
In Cold Blood Author Verfabula 1966/01/17
  • 1000 or so Notable Biographies, Memoirs and Verfabulas
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The Thanksgiving Visitor (short story) Author Short Story 1968/00/00
Laura (1968 TV film) Author Television Movie 1968/01/24
The Dogs Bark (anthology) Author Anthology 1973/00/00
Mojave (short story) Author Short Story 1975/00/00
La Cote Basque, 1965 (short story) Author Short Story 1975/00/00
Kate McCloud (short story) Author Short Story 1976/00/00
Unspoiled Monsters (short story) Author Short Story 1976/00/00
A Day's Work (essay) Author Essay 1980/00/00
Mr Jones (short story) Author Short Story 1980/00/00
Then It All Came Down (essay) Author Essay 1980/00/00
Derring-Do (essay) Author Essay 1980/00/00
Music for Chameleons (short story) Author Short Story 1980/00/00
Handcarved Coffins (essay) Author Essay 1980/00/00
A Lamp in a Window (short story) Author Short Story 1980/00/00
Hello, Stranger (essay) Author Essay 1980/00/00
Dazzle (short story) Author Short Story 1980/00/00
Hidden Gardens (essay) Author Essay 1980/00/00
A Beautiful Child (essay) Author Essay 1980/00/00
Music for Chameleons (collection) Author Short Story Collection 1980/00/00
Hospitality (short story) Author Short Story 1980/00/00
Nocturnal Turnings (essay) Author Essay 1980/00/00
One Christmas (short story) Author Short Story 1983/00/00
Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel (novel) Author Novel 1986/00/00
A Capote Reader (omnibus) Author Omnibus 1987/00/00
Among the paths to Eden (short story) Author Short Story 2004/00/00
Preacher's legend (short story) Author Short Story 2004/00/00
Too Brief a Treat: The Letters of Truman Capote Author Book 2004/00/00
The Bargain (short story) Author Short Story 2004/00/00
The Shape of Things (short story) Author Short Story 2004/00/00
The Complete Stories of Truman Capote (short story collection) Author Short Story Collection 2004/00/00
A Diamond Guitar (short story) Author Short Story 2004/00/00
The Walls Are Cold (short story) Author Short Story 2004/00/00
A Mink of One's own (short story) Author Short Story 2004/00/00
Summer Crossing (novel) Author Novel 2006/00/00
Portraits and Observations: The Essays of Truman Capote Author Collection of Essays 2007/00/00
This Is in Jamie (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27
Miss Belle Rankin (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27
If I Forget You (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27
Traffic West (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27
Parting of the Way - A young hobo heads home after years on the road (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27
Kindred Spirits (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27
The Early Stories of Truman Capote (short story collection) Author Short Story Collection 2015/10/27
Where the World Begins (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27
Swamp Terror (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27
Louise (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27
The Familiar Stranger (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27
Lucy (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27
The Moth in the Flame (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27
Mill Story (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27
Hilda (short story) Author Short Story 2015/10/27

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