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Capote, Truman. A CAPOTE READER. New York City, NY: Random House, 1987. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 722 pages. Fine/Fine.

Massive Reader of the author's oeuvre, published posthumously. One of the greatest achievements by an American writer/literary artist of the 20th century. 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. The First Edition sold out shortly after publication and is now rare. Re-presents and gathers virtually all of Capote's works in one very thick, exhaustive volume. This isn't just an introductory "selection", as Readers are usually intended to be; this is nearly everything. And for a 700-plus-page, 3.5-pound gorilla of a book, its riveting interest and the superb quality of Capote's writing never flag. One can dip into the book from time to time or read it straight through over several sittings. Either way, it will be a pleasurable and rewarding experience. 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. 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 ("First Edition" accompanied by a number line ending in 2, the Random House practice at the time) still available online and despite its imperfection (slight creasing on the DJ) is still in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings. A rare 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 039455647X. $100.00

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