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It was meant to be his magnum opus. But extracts from Capote's book, depicting the lives of his glamorous friends, saw him banished from social circles and his professional reputation in tatters. As documentary The Capote Tapes is released, here's the story behind one of the most infamous unfinished novels of all time.
All artists have their eccentrics, and authors are no different. Here, from hanging upside down to sniffing rotten apples, are some of the most unusual habits famous names have used to get the juices flowing...
Capote's 1965 autobiographical work describes his childhood memories of the real-life Sook, a distant relative who was 'the only stable person' in his life. Capturing the essence of Christmastime in a depression-era Alabama, it's a love letter to yesteryear brimming with yuletide cheer – and a splash of contraband whiskey.
Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1925. He is the author of many highly praised books, including A Tree of Night and Other Stories (1949), The Grass Harp (1951), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958), In Cold Blood (1965), which immediately became the centre of a storm of controversy on its publication, Music for Chameleons (1980) and Answered Prayers (1986), all of which are published by Penguin. Truman Capote died in August 1984.
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