The Complete Stories (Modern Library)

From the Modern Library’s new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by Truman Capote—also available are Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Other Voices, Other Rooms (in one volume), In Cold Blood, and Portraits and Observations

Most readers know Truman Capote as the author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, or they remember his notorious social life and wild and witty public appearances. But he was also the author of superb short tales that were as elegant as they were heartfelt, as compassionate as they were grotesque. This volume is the first to assemble all of Capote’s short fiction—a collection that indeed confirms his status as one of the masters of this form. From the Gothic South to the chic East Coast, from rural children to aging urban sophisticates, all the unforgettable places and people of Capote’s oeuvre are captured in this compendium. The Complete Stories of Truman Capote restores its author to a place not only above mere celebrity but to the highest levels of American letters.

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By Christopher (Silver Spring, MD) · ★★★★☆ · July 31, 2012
What is it about Truman Capote? Despite the fact that he was unquestionably a minor writer, with an uncommonly thin portfolio of published work considering his forty-year career, he remains a figure of fascination. There have been books about him, movies, a Broadway play—and most of his own writi... ...more
By Paul (Nottingham, England, The United Kingdom) · ★★★☆☆ · October 07, 2009
Contains two of PB's All Time Greats :

"Miriam" (1945)

TC can write about kids really well, and as we know, he is suspected of having more than a hand in the writing of "To Kill a Mockingbird" which is all about kids. In "Miriam" we have an original character, a violent ghost girl. I have a list of... ...more
By Jackson (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · December 23, 2012
Truman Capote was one of the great American writers of the 20th Century. It's a shame he didn't better utilize his talent.

This is a fine collection of Capote's short stories. Most have a glossy magazine feel to them, but they are well-crafted and interesting to read. The holiday stories are maste... ...more
By Natalie (Buffalo, NY) · ★★★★★ · February 09, 2008
Truman Capote's writing is perfect. Not the least bit pretentious. He brings out the disappointments people and situations can bring, but he does so with such a quick and clever wit that you don't feel awful after reading. I would have been one of his fag hags.
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By Josh (Belmont, CA) · ★★★★★ · August 26, 2007
Monroeville, AL has this mural with a big mockingbird on it that says, "The Home of Harper Lee". Where's the mural for Truman Capote? ...more
By B.E. (Walterville, OR) · ★★★★☆ · March 11, 2013
There are those rare and precious short stories—James Joyce’s “The Dead” and Leo Tolstoy’s “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” come straight to mind--that are so perfectly written, and so profoundly speak to some place in my soul, that I never forget them, and never tire of rereading them. Upon finishing... ...more
By Momina (Sialkot, Pakistan) · ★★★★☆ · January 14, 2014
I can safely say that the trilogy--comprising of A Christmas Memory, The Thanksgiving Visitor and One Christmas--is one of the best things about this book. These three stories are essentially what I would like to remember about Capote: the warm, loving gentleness of character and thought, and the... ...more
By Elena (Bologna, Italy) · ★★★★☆ · March 23, 2014
Un vaso di geranio cadde e le ragazze raccolsero i fiori e se li infilarono dietro l'orecchio. Sullo xilofono del marciapiede tintinnarono lo scalpiccio confuso di piedi in corsa, le gocce di pioggia: le porte sbattevano, le finestre si chiudevano, poi solo il silenzio, e pioggia. Allora, a passi... ...more
By Benjamin (Tucson, AZ) · ★★★★☆ · July 10, 2010
*I skipped three of the stories - the holiday pieces - until winter when I'm in the mood*

For some reason I thought all of the stories would be about glitterati and their fancy things. Some are, but there was also a very satisying offering of Southern Gothic magic. 'Children On Their Birthdays' an... ...more