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

Capote's women : a true story of love, betrayal, and a swan song for an era / Laurence Leamer.
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ISBN 9780593328088 (hardback)
Author Leamer, Laurence author.
Title Capote's women : a true story of love, betrayal, and a swan song for an era / Laurence Leamer.
Publisher/Date New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2021]
Pagination etc. x, 356 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Bibliography, etc. note Includes bibliographical references and index.
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 Note "'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." --
Subject - Name Capote, Truman, -- 1924-1984 -- Friends and associates
Capote, Truman, -- 1924-1984. -- Answered prayers
Subject Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography
New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
Shelf Location 813.54 CAPO
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