Truman Capote's In Cold Blood is both a masterpiece of
journalism and a powerful crime thriller. Inspired by a 300-word
article in The New York Times, Capote spent six years exploring and
writing the story of Kansas farmer Herb Clutter, his family and the two
young killers who brutally murdered them.
In Cold Blood created
a genre of novelistic non-fiction and made Capote's name with its
unflinching portrayal of a comprehensible and thoroughly human evil.
About The Author
Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1925 and was raised in
various parts of the south, his family spending winters in New Orleans
and summers in Alabama and New Georgia. By the age of fourteen he had
already started writing short stories, some of which were published. He
left school when he was fifteen and subsequently worked for the New
Yorker which provided his first - and last - regular job.
spell with the New Yorker, Capote spent two years on a Louisiana farm
where he wrote Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948). He lived, at
one time or another, in Greece, Italy, Africa and the West Indies, and
travelled in Russia and the Orient. 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.