Truman Capote (2948 words)

John Dolis (Penn State University)
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Among those authors who influenced him most, Truman Capote lists Flaubert, Jane Austen, Dickens, Proust, Chekhov, Katherine Mansfield, E. M. Forster, Turgenev, and De Maupassant. He especially admired Flaubert’s sense of control and his perfectionism, values that manifest themselves, most notably, in the precision of Capote’s early prose style. The spectrum of his broad aesthetic taste is further echoed in the multicultural dimensions of his oeuvre, much of which thematically revolves around people, places, and the subject of travel.

Truman Capote, christened Truman Streckfus Persons, was born in New Orleans on 30 September 1924, the son of Archulus Persons and Lillie Mae Faulk. From the outset, the marriage lacked …

Citation: Dolis, John. "Truman Capote". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 March 2009 [, accessed 24 October 2020.]

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