Capote, Truman

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Also known as Truman Streckfus Persons
American author

At the age of six Capote's parents abandoned him to the care of four elderly, unmarried maternal cousins, three sisters and a brother, living together. He was a high-school dropout, apprenticed as a fortune teller, and started his literary career as an office boy at the offices of the New Yorker magazine.

His books include In Cold Blood, A Christmas Memory and Breakfast at Tiffany's.


Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia, 1993-97
Plimpton, George. Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career. (New York: Nan A. Talese; Doubleday, 1997)
"Truman Capote." [Includes portrait]. Available at:


20th Century
Sexuality: Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transsexuals
Addiction or Abuse (drugs, Alcohol or Gambling)
School-age Years, Adolescence
Child Abandoned or Rejected by Birth Parent(s)
Cousins, Parents' Cousins
Both Parents Unable or Unwilling to Care for Child
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