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Capote's women : a true story of love, betrayal, and a swan song for an era / Laurence Leamer.

Leamer, Laurence, (author.).

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Burlington Public Library 813.54 LEAMER 2021 39851001632919 New Non-fiction Copy hold / Volume hold Checked out 12/15/2021

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  • ISBN: 9780593328088
  • ISBN: 0593328086
  • Physical Description: x, 356 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2021]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [319]-345) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Answered Prayers -- Babe in the Woods -- Lilies of the Valley -- Slim Pickings -- The Marital Game -- The Notorious Mrs. C -- A Tub of Butter -- Gloria in Excelsis -- "She Is" -- A Guest in the House -- A Time of Reckoning -- Only Maids Fall in Love -- Divided Lives -- Princess from an Ancient Realm -- Fairy Tales -- Everything -- "Naaaah, They're Too Dumb" -- The Good Pocket -- Afterword -- The Swans.
Summary, etc.:
"'There are certain women,' Truman Capote wrote, 'who, though perhaps not born rich, are born to be rich.' Barbara 'Babe' Paley, Gloria Guinness, Marella Agnelli, Slim Hayward, Pamela Churchill, C. Z. Guest, Lee Radziwill (Jackie Kennedy's sister) -- they were the toast of midcentury New York, each beautiful and distinguished in her own way. These women captivated and enchanted Capote -- and at times, they infuriated him as well. He befriended them, received their deepest confidences, and ingratiated himself into their lives. Then, in one fell swoop, he betrayed them in the most surprising and shocking way possible. Bestselling biographer Laurence Leamer delves into the years following the acclaimed publication of Breakfast at Tiffany's in 1958 and In Cold Blood in 1966, when Capote struggled with a crippling case of writer's block. While enjoying all the fruits of his success -- including cultivating close friendships with the richest and most admired women of the era -- he was struck with an idea for what he was sure would be his most celebrated novel... one based on the remarkable, racy lives of his very, very rich friends. For years, Capote attempted to write what he believed would have been his magnum opus, Answered Prayers. But when he eventually published a few chapters in Esquire, the thinly fictionalized lives (and scandals) of his closest female confidantes were laid bare for all to see. The blowback incinerated his relationships and banished Capote from their high-society world forever... a world that was already crumbling, though none of them realized it yet. Laurence Leamer recreates in detail the lives of these fascinating swans, their friendships with Capote and one another, and the doomed quest to write what could have been one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century." -- From publisher's description.
"New York Times bestselling author Laurence Leamer reveals the complex web of relationships and scandalous true stories behind Truman Capote's never-published final novel, Answered Prayers--the dark secrets, tragic glamour, and Capote's ultimate betrayal of the group of female friends he called his "swans.""-- Provided by publisher.
Barbara 'Babe' Paley, Gloria Guinness, Marella Agnelli, Slim Hayward, Pamela Churchill, C. Z. Guest, Lee Radziwill-- they were the toast of midcentury New York, each beautiful and distinguished in her own way. These women captivated and enchanted Capote-- and infuriated him as well. He befriended them, received their deepest confidences, and then betrayed them in his unfinished novel, Answered Prayers, the thinly fictionalized lives (and scandals) of his closest female confidantes. Leamer shows that, in the late 1960s, Capote struggled with a crippling case of writer's block; Answered Prayers was supposed to be his magnum opus but instead banished Capote from high-society forever. -- adapted from jacket
Subject: Capote, Truman, 1924-1984 > Friends and associates.
Capote, Truman, 1924-1984. Answered prayers.
Capote, Truman, 1924-1984.
New York (N.Y.) > Social life and customs > 20th century.
Authors, American > 20th century > Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Rich & Famous.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures.
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA).
Authors, American.
Friendship.
Manners and customs.
New York (State) > New York.
Genre: Biographies.
Biographies.

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