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In Cold Blood

Truman Capote

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Truman Capote (1924-1984) was one of the most notorious writers of his time. Bitter public feuds with contemporaries such as Jackie Onassis, Norman Mailer, and Gore Vidal made Capote more than an author. His overt homosexuality, wit, and knockout opinions kept him on television and in magazines as a major personality.

Capote did not attend college. Instead, he published a few short stories and eventually a first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, in 1948. A succession of books followed, as did involvement with the stage and film. In 1958 he wrote Breakfast at Tiffany's. Finally, after almost ten years living in Europe, he returned to the United States in the late 1950s hoping to compose what he termed "an epic nonfiction novel."

In Cold Blood was that book. In 1959, Capote noticed a small newspaper item describing the mysterious murder of a Kansas ranch family of four. He decided that this might be the perfect story for him to write about. Five years of intense research followed, during which time Capote became very close to the two murderers, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith. He talked to the townspeople of Holcomb, where the murders were committed, and nearby Garden City. He followed the police investigation and the eventual appeals process until the execution of Hickock and Smith in 1965. During interviews he never took notes or used a tape recorder; instead he was able to transcribe the interviews from memory, a skill he had been practicing for years.

The result, published in January 1966, was a long and highly acclaimed novel, a success critically and commercially. It is a favorite among schoolchildren and inmates alike. According to Capote, every word of In Cold Blood is true. And Capote himself never appears in the book. He believed that the key to good journalism was making the author invisible.

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the confession

by Kyliecaye17, August 16, 2013

dick blamed the killing on perry. they said it was a robbery gone totally wrong the safe isn't there and then they end up killing the clutter family. perry killed keyon and herb while dick murdered bonnie and nancey they had no motive they came in the house with items to kill the family with but they were only going to kill the family if they got in the way of the robbery and when they came to find the safe was not there they decided to murder the witnesses.

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by TR1GG3R_D3M0N, August 22, 2013

How was In Cold Blood Related to the book Columbine by Dave Cullen?

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by boonabear, April 28, 2014

Well if this doesn't help much you can always go to Youtube and watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkCFb3Csg-4 she has several videos telling you a short summary plus more on the novel. Hope I helped
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