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Taking place in a small Midwestern town in America, it offers chilling insights into the mind of a killer and the obsession of the man bringing him to justice. Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in He is the author of many highly praised books, including A Tree of Night and Other Stories , The Grass Harp , Breakfast at Tiffany's , In Cold Blood , which immediately became the centre of a storm of controversy on its publication, Music for Chameleons and Answered Prayers , all of which are published by Penguin. Truman Capote died in August For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more. By signing up, I confirm that I'm over

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Access options available:. By Truman Capote. New York: Random House, In the past two decades a once-fastidious artist has become too frequently maudlin, garish and selfreflexive. As she and her husband stay home one night, drinking pepper-flavored vodka, George tells of an experience which he presumably had as a youth hitchhiking in the desert.

There, he met a well-dressed old blind man named George Schmidt. Schmidt had been left out on the road by his new wife, an ex-stripper named Ivory Hunter, and her young Mexican boyfriend. Retirees living in a trailer court and belonging to the fundamentalist Church of God, Schmidt and Ivory are Nathanael West grotesques. And their plight becomes a kind of stark, comic paradigm for what has happened to the Whitelaws.

Without the western mass-murderer, where would the non-fiction novel be? And the murders themselves — involving amphetamine-crazed rattlesnakes and decapitation by a metal wire stretched across an isolated road — are so grisly as to make the crimes of Hickock and Smith seem commonplace by comparison. Indeed, Quinn himself possesses something of the amoral charm of Noah Cross. Although we do not ordinarily think of him as a regionalist, Truman Capote is one of a number of eastern writers who has found in the West both a literal and a metaphorical setting for some of his better work.

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Music for Chameleons is a collection of short fiction and non-fiction by the American author Truman Capote. Capote's first collection of new material in fourteen years, Music for Chameleons spent sixteen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, unprecedented for a collection of short works. The book is divided into three sections. Part one, titled "Music for Chameleons", includes the short story after which the section and book are named, as well as five other stories "Mr. Part two, the core of the book, consists of a single piece: "Handcarved Coffins", ostensibly a "nonfiction account of an American crime" that suggests certain parallels with his best-known work, the difference being that Capote did not include himself as a character in the narrative when he wrote In Cold Blood.

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Access options available:. By Truman Capote. New York: Random House, In the past two decades a once-fastidious artist has become too frequently maudlin, garish and selfreflexive. As she and her husband stay home one night, drinking pepper-flavored vodka, George tells of an experience which he presumably had as a youth hitchhiking in the desert.

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