• Grady beautiful, rich, flame-haired, defiant is the sort of girl people stare at across a room. But her privileged society life of parties, debutantes and dresses leaves her wanting more. And excitement comes in the form of the highly unsuitable Clyde, a Brooklyn-born, Jewish parking attendant.

  • Holly Golightly is a free spirited, lop-sided romantic girl about town. Her apartment rocks to Martini-soaked parties and she plays hostess to millionaires and gangsters alike. Yet Holly never loses sight of her ultimate dream - to find a real life place like Tiffany's that makes her feel at home.

  • This collection of 14 short stories includes "Handcarved Coffins" which, like the novel "In Cold Blood", is based on the brutal crimes of a real-life murderer. Of the 14 stories, seven are potraits of characters such as Marilyn Monroe and a dope-smoking, New York cleaning lady.

  • Although Truman Capote’s last, unfinished novel offers a devastating group portrait of the high and low society of his time.
    Tracing the career of a writer of uncertain parentage and omnivorous erotic tastes, Answered Prayers careens from a louche bar in Tangiers to a banquette at La Côte Basque, from literary salons to high-priced whorehouses. It takes in calculating beauties and sadistic husbands along with such real-life supporting characters as Colette, the Duchess of Windsor, Montgomery Clift, and Tallulah Bankhead. Above all, this malevolently finny book displays Capote at his most relentlessly observant and murderously witty.

  • The early fiction of one of the nation’s most celebrated writers, Truman Capote, as he takes his first bold steps into the canon of American literature
    Recently discovered as manuscript pages in the archives of the New York Public Library, these short stories provide an unparalleled look at Truman Capote writing in his late teens and early twenties, before he penned such classics as Other Voices, Other Rooms, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and In Cold Blood. This collection of more than a dozen pieces showcases the young Capote developing the unique voice and sensibility that would make him one of the twentieth century’s most original writers.
    Spare yet heartfelt, witty yet raw, these stories summon our compassion and feeling at every turn. Capote was always drawn to outsiders--women, children, African Americans, the poor--because he felt like one himself from a very early age. Here we see Capote’s powers of empathy developing as he depicts his characters struggling at the margins of their known worlds. A boy experiences the violence of adulthood when he pursues an escaped convict into the woods. Petty jealousies lead to a life-altering event for a popular girl at Miss Burke’s Academy for Young Ladies. In a time of extraordinary loss, a woman fights to save the life of a child who has her lover’s eyes.
    In these stories Capote displays his genius for creating unforgettable characters built of complexity and yearning. Young women experience the joys and pains of new love. Urbane sophisticates are worn down by their own cynicism. Children and adults alike seek understanding in a treacherous world. There are tales of crimes and violence; of racism and injustice; of poverty and despair. And there are tales of generosity and tenderness; compassion and connection; wit and wonder. And there is the flourishing voice of a writer born in the Deep South who both breaks from and uses that literary tradition to become an author who captured the essence of New York City like no other.
    With a Foreword by celebrated New Yorker critic Hilton Als, this volume of early stories is essential for understanding how Truman Capote became the legendary writer who has enthralled readers for more than sixty years.

  • "J'abattrais, peut-être, une bien plus grande quantité de travail si je quittais New York. Mais, peut-être aussi qu'il n'en est rien. Jusqu'à ce qu'on ait un certain âge, la campagne semble ennuyeuse. Si j'aime la nature, de toute façon, c'est non pas en général mais en particulier. Ceci posé, à moins d'être amoureux, ou satisfait, ou poussé par l'ambition, ou exempt de toute curiosité, ou réconcilié (ce qui me semble être le synonyme moderne pour désigner le bonheur), la ville est comme une monstrueuse machine, prévue de toute éternité pour nous faire perdre du temps et dévorer nos illusions. Bientôt notre quête, notre exploration peut devenir urgente à faire peur, à faire suer d'angoisse. Une course de haies sous le signe de la Benzédrine et du Nembutal. Où donc se trouve ce que vous alliez chercher? Et, à propos, qu'est-ce que vous cherchez ?"

  • La traversée de l'été

    Truman Capote

    • Grasset
    • 5 Octobre 2016

    New York, un été. Les parents de Grady McNeil, dix-sept ans, partent pour l'Europe. Elle reste seule dans le splendide appartement de la Cinquième Avenue, en face de Central Park. Alors que rien ne devait bouleverser ces vacances paisibles dans l'Upper East Side, elle tombe amoureuse d'un gardien de parking, Clyde Manzer. Folie passagère d'une jeune fille de bonne famille ? Insolence à l'égard de ses parents ? Grady l'aime, mais sa fierté provocante et la nonchalance de Clyde entraînent le couple vers de dangereux précipices. Sacrifieront-ils leur idylle à la bienséance ? Survivront-ils à leur passion destructrice ? Voici l'histoire d'une passion brève, le temps d'une saison, dans une des plus belles villes du monde. Ce roman de jeunesse révèle les prémices du génie de Capote, ses personnages subtils, jamais caricaturaux et la fantaisie de ses descriptions. La Traversée de l'été (Summer Crossing) est le premier roman de Truman Capote. Le manuscrit a été retrouvé en 2005, à l'occasion d'une vente aux enchères. Il a été traduit en français en 2006 aux éditions Grasset. Du même auteur, dans les Cahiers rouges, Prières exaucées (2006).

  • Mademoiselle Belle

    Truman Capote

      Découvertes dans les archives de la New York Public Library, ces quatorze nouvelles écrites par le jeune Truman Streckfus Persons (il n'a pas encore choisi son nom de plume) entre 15 et 19 ans forment un recueil d'une impressionnante maturité. L'écrivain évoque la vie quotidienne de personnages apparemment anodins  : Mademoiselle Belle vivant retirée dans son domaine de Rose Lawn dans l'Indiana, Lucy, à la magnifique voix teintée de blues, qui arrive à New York pour travailler au service d'une famille blanche, ou encore Sally, la rêveuse, qui fait défiler ses vies fantasmées pendant les cours de mathématiques. C'est le grand art de Truman Capote que de sublimer ces destins.
    Les nouvelles inédites de ce recueil sont l'occasion de découvrir les débuts d'un des plus grands écrivains de la littérature américaine. Elles révèlent un style diaphane et piquant à la fois, une fascination pour les grandes tragédies de ceux qu'on appelle les petites gens, sa connaissance passionnée et féroce du Sud.

  • " Truman Capote écrivait à ses amis comme il leur parlait, en toute franchise et liberté, dans un langage sans fioriture. Il mettait tout de lui-même dans ses lettres : ses blessures, ses plaisirs, ses succès, ses échecs. Aussi vivantes de nos jours qu'au moment où elles ont été écrites, il en émane un tel feu qu'on est obligés de les lire sans en sauter une ligne. Ami amoureux, potinier insatiable, esprit étincelant ? Capote a été tout cela. Mais aussi, presque jusqu'à la fin, écrivain de la plus haute ambition, se consacrant à l'écriture avec une rigueur spartiate. Sa correspondance exprime une personnalité si flamboyante et si généreuse qu'elle défie les lois connues de la pesanteur humaine. " Gerald Clarke

  • A definitive compendium of all the short fiction of the acclaimed author of In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's includes such famed pieces as "Children on Their Birthdays" and "A Christmas Memory," as well as such lesser-known tales as "Master Misery" and "Jug of Silver." Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

  • Set on the outskirts of a small Southern town, The Grass Harp tells the story of three endearing misfits--an orphaned boy and two whimsical old ladies--who one day take up residence in a tree house. As they pass sweet yet hazardous hours in a china tree, The Grass Harp manages to convey all the pleasures and responsibilities of freedom. But most of all it teaches us about the sacredness of love, that love is a chain of love, as nature is a chain of life.
    This volume also includes Capotes A Tree of Night and Other Stories, which the Washington Post called unobtrusively beautiful . . . a superlative book.

  • The private letters of Truman Capote, lovingly assembled here for the first time by acclaimed Capote biographer Gerald Clarke, provide an intimate, unvarnished portrait of one of the twentieth centurys most colorful and fascinating literary figures.
    Capote was an inveterate letter writer. He wrote letters as he spoke: emphatically, spontaneously, and passionately. Spanning more than four decades, his letters are the closest thing we have to a Capote autobiography, showing us the uncannily self-possessed naïf who jumped headlong into the postWorld War II New York literary scene; the more mature Capote of the 1950s; the Capote of the early 1960s, immersed in the research and writing of In Cold Blood; and Capote later in life, as things seem to be unraveling. With cameos by a veritable whos who of twentieth-century glitterati, Too Brief a Treat shines a spotlight on the life and times of an incomparable American writer.

  • On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, a wealthy farmer, his wife and their two young children were found brutally murdered. Blood all over the walls, the telephone lines cut, and only a few dollars stolen. Heading up the investigation is Agent Al Dewey, but all he has are two footprints, four bodies, and lot of questions.

  • Truman Capote's boyhood Christmas memoir, rereleased with a beautiful new packaging.
    The classic story of Truman Capote's childhood Christmas ritual is more endearing than ever in this newly redesigned package.
    In celebration of A Christmas Memory's enduring appeal, this repackaged edition retains Beth Peck's evocative watercolors and Capote's original text. First published in 1956, this is the story from Capote's childhood of lovingly making fruitcakes from scratch at Christmas-time with his elderly cousin, and has stood the test of time to become known as an American holiday classic.

  • Truman Capote's boyhood Christmas memoir, rereleased with a beautiful new packaging.
    The classic story of Truman Capote's childhood Christmas ritual is more endearing than ever in this newly redesigned package.
    In celebration of A Christmas Memory's enduring appeal, this repackaged edition retains Beth Peck's evocative watercolors and Capote's original text. First published in 1956, this is the story from Capote's childhood of lovingly making fruitcakes from scratch at Christmas-time with his elderly cousin, and has stood the test of time to become known as an American holiday classic.

  • A definitive anthology containing all of the author's essays encompasses his early travel sketches of Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Hollywood; portraits of Isak Dinesen, Mae West, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe; accounts of the filming of "In Cold Blood;" autobiographical musings; and the recently discovered "Remembering Willa Cather."

  • A major literary event: a collection of never-before-published short stories from one of America's most beloved writers In a small Southern town, a teenage girl anxiously waits for her date to arrive. A woman fights to save the life of a child who has her lover's eyes. Best friends on the Upper East Side discuss the theoretical murder of husbands. In these never-before-published stories, set in the rural South and the cosmopolitan New York of the 1940s, written by Truman Capote in his teens and twenties, the American master is already recognizable. This splendid collection offers readers the opportunity to see the confident first steps of one of the twentieth century's most acclaimed writers.

  • Lire "Un Eté indien", c'est comme lire une histoire intime pour s'en graver à jamais les détails les plus secrets au fond de sa mémoire. C'est comme inscrire une part de rêve d'enfance qui aurait été relue par une réflexion adulte pour ne rien perdre des moments les plus intimes et des déchirures infimes qui forgent le caractère de l'Etre en devenir. C'est aussi ne pas oublier que jamais aucune vérité n'est entière et que les parts d'ombre peuvent un jour se révéler de la lumière. C'est un récit au bout duquel une vraie pause, ironique et tendre, s'avère nécessaire, comme pour se retrouver avant de repartir.

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