Having published numerous works, including several short stories, works for stage and screen, and such novels as Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948) and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958), Truman Capote (1924-1984) had already established a reputation as a notable writer of fiction when, on 16 November 1959, he perused a story in The New York Times (“Wealthy Farmer, 3 of Family Slain”): “A wealthy wheat farmer, his wife and their two young children were found shot to death today in their home. They had been killed by shotgun blasts at close range after being bound and gagged.” Capote had expressed a certain dissatisfaction with fiction writing for some time, hoping to compose what he termed a “nonfiction novel”…

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Dolis, John. "In Cold Blood". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 January 2012
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