Spoiled Children of Divorce

Exemplary Children of Divorce – Truman Capote
February 29, 2008, 5:22 am
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Truman Capote was a short story writer whose greatest success was his semi-realistic novel In Cold Blood.  Capote was openly Gay and was known for years for hosting the “Party of the Century” on Nov. 28, 1966 called the “Black and White Ball.”

Capote’s Mother was 17 when he was born.  His Father was a Salesman.  His parents were divorced when Capote was 4 years old and he was sent to live with his Mother’s relatives.

In 1933, when Capote was 9, his Mother remarried and he moved to New York to live with them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            His stepfather adopted him.  Capote was extremely dedicated to writing from an early age.  He taught himself to read and write before he went to grammar school and would spend 3 hours writing after school.

Capote’s later life was tragic.  He never really wrote much after In Cold Blood.  He was alcoholic and in and out of rehab.  He was sort of celebrated for his alcoholic behavior.  He suffered several breakdowns.

In spite of all this Capote seems to have loved the Holidays.  He wrote about one Christmas called “A Christmas Memory” about one Christmas spent with a distant cousin.  The link for it is:  http://www.geocities.com/cyber_explorer99/capotechristmas.html.  He wrote another famous story (haven’t read it) about Thanksgiving called “The Thanksgiving Visitor.”

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