Capote himself told Plimpton how upset he was by the whole experience:. Brilliantly exposing of the commodification of authorial identity, Solomon also offers a welcome corrective to strands of queer theory that neglect the specificities of same-sex desire. The painting hanging on the wall shows a portrait of young Capote while the setting displays a collection of artistic objects — mainly paintings and sculptures. Strikingly enough, as a celebrity writer who utilized his private life for self-promotion, Capote offered himself as an image to be consumed. The test of whether or not a writer has divined the natural shape of his story is just this: As a lonely child, Capote taught himself to read and write before he entered his first year of school. He spent many hours with the killers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, forming a strong emotional attachment with Smith.
Jennings Faulk Carter donated the collection to the Museum in
A Tree of Night and Other Stories. Capote also wrote for the screen: In it he named real names and told real stories about his high society friends, some of whom were lost to him forever; other friends were lost indirectly around the same time, rather like canoes being tipped over in the wake of a big boat. Initially scheduled for publication inthe novel was eventually delayed, at Capote's insistence, to
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