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Capote, Truman (Author) & Price, Reynolds (Contributor). THE COMPLETE STORIES OF TRUMAN CAPOTE. New York City, NY: Random House, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 300 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of short stories. One of the greatest collections of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Although all but one of the pieces have appeared in book form, this is the very first time that they are gathered together in one volume. The First Edition Thus is now scarce. A brilliant production by Random House: Regular-sized volume format. Hard boards with gilt titles embossed on spine, as issued. Text by Truman Capote. Introductory Essay, "Usable Answers", by the great American novelist Reynolds Price. The latter piece, which alludes to "Answered Prayers", appears in this edition only. Printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In wraparound DJ, which utilizes the celebrated photograph of the 21-year-old Capote by Henri Cartier-Bresson, and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents all of Truman Capote's short stories, which represent nothing less than some of the high spots of modern American literature. Capote will always be remembered (and rightly so) for his masterpiece, "In Cold Blood" (1965). Still, his short stories and his novellas, that is to say, his long short stories ("Other Voices, Other Rooms", "The Grass Harp", and "Breakfast At Tiffany's") are among the greatest literary achievement by an American writer whose life was tragically cut short by what amounted to a slow, self-inflicted death from depression, alcoholism, and drug addiction. The enduring interest in Capote The Celebrity tends to distract us from the greatness of Capote The Writer. Capote wrote his best work as a very young man and died in 1984 at the age of 60, writing virtually nothing in the last decade of his life, unable to finish his much-anticipated novel, "Answered Prayers", whose manuscript has never been found (because it was never written). Capote's idol was Flaubert and his stated goal was punitively Flaubertian: Perfection. There is no living American writer who writes as beautifully as Capote did at the height of his powers. Many fashionable young American writers today denigrate his achievement because they just can't do it, and we tend to hate what we cannot do. The book includes "The Bargain", which appears in published form for the very first time. An absolute "must-have" title for Truman Capote collectors. This title is a modern classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (number line ending in 1) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" is widely regarded as one of the greatest books of the 20th century. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TRUMAN CAPOTE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679643109. $80.00

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