Andrew O’Hagan: Truman Capote
2 April 1998
Show More Truman Capote: In which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career by George Plimpton.
Picador, 498 pp., £20, February 1998, 0 330 36871 0Show More
“... His ear was pitch-perfect. And out of all the grand mess of things – his sad, flying-away mother Lillie Mae, his broken-winged father Arch Persons, his blousy maiden aunts, Sookie and Callie and Jennie, who brought him up as a nearly-girl – he raced for the glorylands. Capote’s young life is a small, operatic cliché, a story of abandonment in a slow-burning Southern hollow, all the world held ...”