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Truman Capote
American novelist
(1924-84)



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Other Voices, Other Rooms
-- Book title (1948)

Breakfast at Tiffanys
-- Book title (1958)

Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one go.
-- Observer (London), 26 November 1961, 'Sayings of the Week'

None of these people have anything interesting to say, and none of them can write, not even Mr Kerouac. What they do isn't writing at all -- it's typing.
-- Referring to the Beat Novelists and to Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Television discussion, reported in the New Republic, 9 February 1959

I didn't want to harm the man. I thought he was a very nice gentleman. Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.
-- In Cold Blood (1966)

Even an attorney of modest talent can postpone doomsday year after year, for the system of appeals that pervades American jurisprudence amounts to a legalistic wheel of fortune, a game of chance, somewhat fixed in the favor of the criminal, that the participants play interminably.
-- In Cold Blood (1966)

Great fury, like great whisky, requires long fermentation.
-- Music for Chamelons (1980), 'Handcarved Coffins'


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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