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Profile of the Day: Truman Capote

On this day in 1924, author Truman Capote was born.

Image: Truman Capote / Library of Congress

Capote was born Truman Streckfus Persons on September 30, 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana. When he was four years old, his parents divorced and he was sent to live with his mother’s relatives in Monroeville, Alabama. A lonely child, Capote spent much of his time reading and writing. He became best friends with his neighbor and future author Harper Lee. The childhood friends bonded over their shared love of reading.

By the age of 17, Capote had a job writing stories for The New Yorker. He soon found success for his short stories and novels, such as Other Voices, Other Rooms and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A literary celebrity, Capote next set his sights on a new literary genre with the publication of the nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood. Inspired by a short article he read about the murder of four members of the Clutter family, Capote spent six years researching the book. Capote made trips to the small Kansas community to interview investigators and residents. Harper Lee accompanied him on his trips and served as his research assistant, compiling over a hundred pages of notes. The novel was finally published in 1966 to great critical acclaim and became an international bestseller.

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