Truman Capote

Novelist + Short Story Writer + Playwright
Born Sep 30, 1924

Truman Streckfus Persons, known as Truman Capote, was an American author, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's and the true crime novel In Cold Blood, which he labeled a "nonfiction novel. " At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays.… Read More

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1924 Birth Born on September 30, 1924.
1933 8 Years Old In 1933, he moved to New York City to live with his mother and her second husband, Joseph Capote, a Cuban-born textile broker, who adopted him as his stepson and renamed him Truman García Capote. … Read More
1935 10 Years Old In 1935, he attended the Trinity School in New York City. … Read More


1939 14 Years Old In 1939, the Capote family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, and Truman attended Greenwich High School, where he wrote for both the school's literary journal, The Green Witch, and the school newspaper.
1942 17 Years Old When they returned to New York City in 1942, he attended the Franklin School, an Upper West Side private school now known as the Dwight School, and graduated in 1943. … Read More
1943 18 Years Old 1 More Event
While still attending Franklin in 1943, Capote began working as a copyboy in the art department at The New Yorker, a job he held for two years before being fired for angering poet Robert Frost. … Read More


1946 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In the spring of 1946, Capote was accepted at Yaddo, the artists and writers colony at Saratoga Springs, New York. (He later endorsed Patricia Highsmith as a Yaddo candidate, and she wrote Strangers on a Train while she was there.) … Read More
1947 22 Years Old …  A 1947 Harold Halma photograph used to promote the book showed a reclining Capote gazing fiercely into the camera. … Read More
1949 24 Years Old When Warhol moved to New York in 1949, he made numerous attempts to meet Capote, and Warhol's fascination with the author led to Warhol's first New York one-man show, Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote at the Hugo Gallery (June 16 – July 3, 1952). … Read More
1950 25 Years Old In this period he also wrote an autobiographical essay for Holiday Magazine—one of his personal favorites—about his life in Brooklyn Heights in the late 1950's, entitled Brooklyn Heights: A Personal Memoir (1959). … Read More


1958 33 Years Old An outraged Capote resold the novella to Esquire for its November, 1958 issue; by his own account, he told Esquire he would only be interested in doing so if Attie's original series of photos was included, but to his disappointment, the magazine ran just a single full-page image of Attie's (another was later used as the cover of at least one paperback edition of the novella). … Read More


1966 41 Years Old In Cold Blood brought Capote much praise from the literary community, but there were some who questioned certain events as reported in the book. Writing in Esquire in 1966, Phillip K. Tompkins noted factual discrepancies after he traveled to Kansas and spoke to some of the same people interviewed by Capote. … Read More
1967 42 Years Old 1 More Event
…  When the film version of the book was made in 1967, Capote arranged for Marie Dewey to receive $10,000 from Columbia Pictures as a paid consultant to the making of the film. … Read More
1972 47 Years Old …  In 1972, Capote accompanied the Rolling Stones on their 1972 American Tour as a correspondent for Rolling Stone magazine.
1973 48 Years Old 1 More Event
He ultimately refused to write the article, so the magazine recouped its interests by publishing, in April 1973, an interview of the author conducted by Andy Warhol. … Read More


1975 50 Years Old Capote permitted Esquire to publish four chapters of the unfinished novel in 1975 and 1976. … Read More
1978 53 Years Old …  In 1978, talk show host Stanley Siegel did an on-air interview with Capote, who, in an extraordinarily intoxicated state, confessed that he had been awake for 48 hours and when questioned by Siegel, "What's going to happen unless you lick this problem of drugs and alcohol?", Capote responded: "The obvious answer is that eventually, I mean, I'll kill myself... without meaning to". … Read More
1980 55 Years Old After the revocation of his driver's license (the result of speeding near his Long Island residence) and a hallucinatory seizure in 1980 that required hospitalization, Capote became fairly reclusive. … Read More
1984 59 Years Old …  In fact, he took the blanket with him when he flew from New York to Los Angeles to be with Joanne Carson on August 23, 1984. … Read More


1984 60 Years Old Capote died in Bel Air, Los Angeles, on August 25, 1984, age 59. … Read More
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