By Truman Capote
Possibly no twentieth-century author was once so observant and swish a chronicler of his occasions as Truman Capote. Portraits and Observations is the 1st quantity committed completely to the entire essays ever released through this such a lot loved of writers. integrated are such masterpieces of narrative nonfiction as “The Muses Are Heard” and the quick nonfiction novel “Handcarved Coffins,” in addition to many long-out-of-print essays, together with photographs of Mae West, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe. From his shuttle sketches of Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Hollywood, written while he was once twenty-two, to the author’s final written phrases, composed the day sooner than his dying in 1984, the lately came across “Remembering Willa Cather,” Portraits and Observations places on exhibit the complete spectrum of Truman Capote’s brilliance. definitely Capote used to be, as Somerset Maugham famously known as him, “a stylist of the 1st quality.” yet because the items amassed right here remind us, he used to be additionally an artist of exceptional substance.
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