Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Immersed in, and Haunted by, His Subject

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Immersed in, and Haunted by, His Subject

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They say Truman Capote took 8,000 pages of notes and carried them around in a trunk while doing the research for "In Cold Blood."

It was a new kind of book, one that blended objective journalism with fiction techniques and had taken him six years to report and write.

After selling it for $2 million in 1965, Capote told The New York Times, "I thank God I won't have to lug those trunks all over the world any longer."

The book is a touchstone for American literature because no one had written that kind of narrative nonfiction before.

Capote was then 40 years old and best known as the author of "Breakfast at Tiffany's." He acknowledged that his $2 million deal was lucrative, but told The Times that he had indeed published the first "non-fiction novel" and that -- given the time it took to write "In Cold Blood" -- "it was not a very fantastic bonanza."

"When you average it out over six years, and consider the taxes," Capote said, "any small-time Wall Street operator gets at least that much. …

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