Capote, Truman: 1924 - 1984

Information about Truman Capote


  • Full name: Truman Streckfus Persons
  • Even as a child, Capote wanted to become famous. He moved with his mother to New York City and applied to the prestigious Trinity School. He was given an IQ test as an entrance exam, and he scored 215, the highest in the school's history. Capote said, "I was having 50 perceptions a minute to everyone else's five. I always felt nobody was going to understand me, going to understand what I felt about things. I guess that's why I started writing."
    from The Writer's Almanac



  • Gerald Clarke; author of "Capote: A Biography:" (Truman Capote said about Gerald Clarke, "he knows more about me than anybody else does, including myself." Quoted in Conversations with Capote by Lawrence Grobel) talks about ...
    • Truman Capote. SwissEduc; host: Bernadette Conrad, Zurich, Switzerland; March 20, 2007
    • writing "Capote: A Biography" and Truman Capote. SwissEduc; host: Hans Fischer, Zurich, Switzerland; March 18, 2007
  • Don Noble talks about "Summer Crossing". The manuscript was only discovered in 2004. APR; April 10, 2006