Truman Capote

  • "J'abattrais, peut-être, une bien plus grande quantité de travail si je quittais New York. Mais, peut-être aussi qu'il n'en est rien. Jusqu'à ce qu'on ait un certain âge, la campagne semble ennuyeuse. Si j'aime la nature, de toute façon, c'est non pas en général mais en particulier. Ceci posé, à moins d'être amoureux, ou satisfait, ou poussé par l'ambition, ou exempt de toute curiosité, ou réconcilié (ce qui me semble être le synonyme moderne pour désigner le bonheur), la ville est comme une monstrueuse machine, prévue de toute éternité pour nous faire perdre du temps et dévorer nos illusions. Bientôt notre quête, notre exploration peut devenir urgente à faire peur, à faire suer d'angoisse. Une course de haies sous le signe de la Benzédrine et du Nembutal. Où donc se trouve ce que vous alliez chercher? Et, à propos, qu'est-ce que vous cherchez ?"

  • New York, un été. Les parents de Grady McNeil, dix-sept ans, partent pour l'Europe. Elle reste seule dans le splendide appartement de la Cinquième Avenue, en face de Central Park. Alors que rien ne devait bouleverser ces vacances paisibles dans l'Upper East Side, elle tombe amoureuse d'un gardien de parking, Clyde Manzer. Folie passagère d'une jeune fille de bonne famille ? Insolence à l'égard de ses parents ? Grady l'aime, mais sa fierté provocante et la nonchalance de Clyde entraînent le couple vers de dangereux précipices. Sacrifieront-ils leur idylle à la bienséance ? Survivront-ils à leur passion destructrice ? Voici l'histoire d'une passion brève, le temps d'une saison, dans une des plus belles villes du monde. Ce roman de jeunesse révèle les prémices du génie de Capote, ses personnages subtils, jamais caricaturaux et la fantaisie de ses descriptions.
    La Traversée de l'été (Summer Crossing) est le premier roman de Truman Capote. Le manuscrit a été retrouvé en 2005, à l'occasion d'une vente aux enchères. Il a été traduit en français en 2006 aux éditions Grasset.
     
    Du même auteur, dans les Cahiers rouges, Prières exaucées (2006).

  •   Découvertes dans les archives de la New York Public Library, ces quatorze nouvelles écrites par le jeune Truman Streckfus Persons (il n'a pas encore choisi son nom de plume) entre 15 et 19 ans forment un recueil d'une impressionnante maturité. L'écrivain évoque la vie quotidienne de personnages apparemment anodins  : Mademoiselle Belle vivant retirée dans son domaine de Rose Lawn dans l'Indiana, Lucy, à la magnifique voix teintée de blues, qui arrive à New York pour travailler au service d'une famille blanche, ou encore Sally, la rêveuse, qui fait défiler ses vies fantasmées pendant les cours de mathématiques. C'est le grand art de Truman Capote que de sublimer ces destins.
    Les nouvelles inédites de ce recueil sont l'occasion de découvrir les débuts d'un des plus grands écrivains de la littérature américaine. Elles révèlent un style diaphane et piquant à la fois, une fascination pour les grandes tragédies de ceux qu'on appelle les petites gens, sa connaissance passionnée et féroce du Sud.

  • " Truman Capote écrivait à ses amis comme il leur parlait, en toute franchise et liberté, dans un langage sans fioriture. Il mettait tout de lui-même dans ses lettres : ses blessures, ses plaisirs, ses succès, ses échecs. Aussi vivantes de nos jours qu'au moment où elles ont été écrites, il en émane un tel feu qu'on est obligés de les lire sans en sauter une ligne. Ami amoureux, potinier insatiable, esprit étincelant ? Capote a été tout cela. Mais aussi, presque jusqu'à la fin, écrivain de la plus haute ambition, se consacrant à l'écriture avec une rigueur spartiate. Sa correspondance exprime une personnalité si flamboyante et si généreuse qu'elle défie les lois connues de la pesanteur humaine. "
    Gerald Clarke

  • A landmark collection that brings together Truman Capote’s life’s work in the form he called his “great love,” The Complete Stories confirms Capote’s status as a master of the short story.
    Ranging from the gothic South to the chic East Coast, from rural children to aging urban sophisticates, all the unforgettable places and people of Capote’s oeuvre are here, in stories as elegant as they are heartfelt, as haunting as they are compassionate. Reading them reminds us of the miraculous gifts of a beloved American original.

  • Set on the outskirts of a small Southern town, The Grass Harp tells the story of three endearing misfits--an orphaned boy and two whimsical old ladies--who one day take up residence in a tree house. As they pass sweet yet hazardous hours in a china tree, The Grass Harp manages to convey all the pleasures and responsibilities of freedom. But most of all it teaches us about the sacredness of love, “that love is a chain of love, as nature is a chain of life.”
    This volume also includes Capote’s A Tree of Night and Other Stories, which the Washington Post called “unobtrusively beautiful . . . a superlative book.”

  • National Bestseller
    On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

  • A holiday classic from "one of the greatest writers and most fascinating society figures in American history" (Vanity Fair)!
    First published in 1956, this much sought-after autobiographical recollection from Truman Capote (In Cold Blood; Breakfast at Tiffany's) about his rural Alabama boyhood is a perfect gift for Capote's fans young and old.
    Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship and the memories the two friends share of beloved holiday rituals.

  • Truman Capote's boyhood Christmas memoir, rereleased with a beautiful new packaging.
    The classic story of Truman Capote's childhood Christmas ritual is more endearing than ever in this newly redesigned package.
    In celebration of A Christmas Memory's enduring appeal, this repackaged edition retains Beth Peck's evocative watercolors and Capote's original text. First published in 1956, this is the story from Capote's childhood of lovingly making fruitcakes from scratch at Christmas-time with his elderly cousin, and has stood the test of time to become known as an American holiday classic.

  • Perhaps no twentieth century writer was so observant and elegant a chronicler of his times as Truman Capote. Whether he was profiling the rich and famous or creating indelible word-pictures of events and places near and far, Capote's eye for detail and dazzling style made his reportage and commentary undeniable triumphs of the form.
    Portraits and Observations is the first volume devoted solely to all the essays ever published by this most beloved of writers. From his travel sketches of Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Hollywood, written when he was twenty-two, to meditations about fame, fortune, and the writer's art at the peak of his career, to the brief works penned during the isolated denouement of his life, these essays provide an essential window into mid-twentieth-century America as offered by one of its canniest observers. Included are such celebrated masterpieces of narrative nonfiction as "The Muses Are Heard" and the short nonfiction novel "Handcarved Coffins," as well as many long-out-of-print essays, including portraits of Isak Dinesen, Mae West, Marcel Duchamp, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe.
    Among the highlights are "Ghosts in Sunlight: The Filming of In Cold Blood, "Preface to Music for Chameleons, in which Capote candidly recounts the highs and lows of his long career, and a playful self-portrait in the form of an imaginary self-interview. The book concludes with the author's last written words, composed the day before his death in 1984, the recently discovered
    "Remembering Willa Cather," Capote's touching recollection of his encounter with the author when he was a young man at the dawn of his career.
    Portraits and Observations puts on display the full spectrum of Truman Capote's brilliance. Certainly, Capote was, as Somerset Maugham famously called him, "a stylist of the first quality." But as the pieces gathered here remind us, he was also an artist of remarkable substance.

  • A major literary event: a collection of never-before-published short stories from one of America's most beloved writers
    In a small Southern town, a teenage girl anxiously waits for her date to arrive. A woman fights to save the life of a child who has her lover's eyes. Best friends on the Upper East Side discuss the theoretical murder of husbands. In these never-before-published stories, set in the rural South and the cosmopolitan New York of the 1940s, written by Truman Capote in his teens and twenties, the American master is already recognizable. This splendid collection offers readers the opportunity to see the confident first steps of one of the twentieth century's most acclaimed writers.

  • In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany's; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm.
    This volume also includes three of Capote's best-known stories, “House of Flowers,” “A Diamond Guitar,” and “A Christmas Memory,” which the Saturday Review called “one of the most moving stories in our language.” It is a tale of two innocents--a small boy and the old woman who is his best friend--whose sweetness contains a hard, sharp kernel of truth.

  • In these gems of reportage Truman Capote takes true stories and real people and renders them with the stylistic brio we expect from great fiction. Here we encounter an exquisitely preserved Creole aristocrat sipping absinthe in her Martinique salon; an enigmatic killer who sends his victims announcements of their forthcoming demise; and a proper Connecticut householder with a ruinous obsession for a twelve-year-old he has never met. And we meet Capote himself, who, whether he is smoking with his cleaning lady or trading sexual gossip with Marilyn Monroe, remains one of the most elegant, malicious, yet compassionate writers to train his eye on the social fauna of his time.

  • Thought to be lost for over 50 years, here is the first novel by one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.
    Set in New York during the summer of 1945, this is the story of a young carefree socialite, Grady, who must make serious decisions about the romance she is dangerously pursuing and the effect it will have on everyone involved.
    Fans of Breakfast at Tiffany's and Capote's short stories will be thrilled to read Summer Crossing.

  • Although Truman Capote’s last, unfinished novel offers a devastating group portrait of the high and low society of his time.
    Tracing the career of a writer of uncertain parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar in Tangiers to a banquette at La Côte Basque, from literary salons to high-priced whorehouses. It takes in calculating beauties and sadistic husbands along with such real-life supporting characters as Colette, the Duchess of Windsor, Montgomery Clift, and Tallulah Bankhead. Above all, this malevolently finny book displays Capote at his most relentlessly observant and murderously witty.

  • The private letters of Truman Capote, lovingly assembled here for the first time by acclaimed Capote biographer Gerald Clarke, provide an intimate, unvarnished portrait of one of the twentieth century’s most colorful and fascinating literary figures.
    Capote was an inveterate letter writer. He wrote letters as he spoke: emphatically, spontaneously, and passionately. Spanning more than four decades, his letters are the closest thing we have to a Capote autobiography, showing us the uncannily self-possessed naïf who jumped headlong into the post–World War II New York literary scene; the more mature Capote of the 1950s; the Capote of the early 1960s, immersed in the research and writing of In Cold Blood; and Capote later in life, as things seem to be unraveling. With cameos by a veritable who’s who of twentieth-century glitterati, Too Brief a Treat shines a spotlight on the life and times of an incomparable American writer.

  • The early fiction of one of the nation’s most celebrated writers, Truman Capote, as he takes his first bold steps into the canon of American literature
    Recently discovered as manuscript pages in the archives of the New York Public Library, these short stories provide an unparalleled look at Truman Capote writing in his late teens and early twenties, before he penned such classics as Other Voices, Other Rooms, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and In Cold Blood. This collection of more than a dozen pieces showcases the young Capote developing the unique voice and sensibility that would make him one of the twentieth century’s most original writers.
    Spare yet heartfelt, witty yet raw, these stories summon our compassion and feeling at every turn. Capote was always drawn to outsiders--women, children, African Americans, the poor--because he felt like one himself from a very early age. Here we see Capote’s powers of empathy developing as he depicts his characters struggling at the margins of their known worlds. A boy experiences the violence of adulthood when he pursues an escaped convict into the woods. Petty jealousies lead to a life-altering event for a popular girl at Miss Burke’s Academy for Young Ladies. In a time of extraordinary loss, a woman fights to save the life of a child who has her lover’s eyes.
    In these stories Capote displays his genius for creating unforgettable characters built of complexity and yearning. Young women experience the joys and pains of new love. Urbane sophisticates are worn down by their own cynicism. Children and adults alike seek understanding in a treacherous world. There are tales of crimes and violence; of racism and injustice; of poverty and despair. And there are tales of generosity and tenderness; compassion and connection; wit and wonder. And there is the flourishing voice of a writer born in the Deep South who both breaks from and uses that literary tradition to become an author who captured the essence of New York City like no other.
    With a Foreword by celebrated New Yorker critic Hilton Als, this volume of early stories is essential for understanding how Truman Capote became the legendary writer who has enthralled readers for more than sixty years.

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    lu par Jean-Claude Rey

    Lire "Un Eté indien", c'est comme lire une histoire intime pour s'en graver à jamais les détails les plus secrets au fond de sa mémoire. C'est comme inscrire une part de rêve d'enfance qui aurait été relue par une réflexion adulte pour ne rien perdre des moments les plus intimes et des déchirures infimes qui forgent le caractère de l'Etre en devenir. C'est aussi ne pas oublier que jamais aucune vérité n'est entière et que les parts d'ombre peuvent un jour se révéler de la lumière. C'est un récit au bout duquel une vraie pause, ironique et tendre, s'avère nécessaire, comme pour se retrouver avant de repartir.

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