Capote's Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era

Capote's Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era by Laurence Leamer 0593328086 9780593328088
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New York Times bestselling author Laurence Leamer reveals the complex web of relationships and scandalous true stories behind Truman Capotes never-published final novel, Answered Prayers--the dark secrets, tragic glamour, and Capotes ultimate betrayal of the group of female friends he called his swans.

"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 Kennedys sister)--they were the toast of midcentury New York, each beautiful and distinguished in her own way. Capote 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 startling way possible.

Bestselling biographer Laurence Leamer delves into the years following the acclaimed publication of Breakfast at Tiffanys in 1958 and In Cold Blood in 1966, when Capote struggled with a crippling case of writers block. While enjoying all the fruits of his success, 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 Answered Prayers, what he believed would have been his magnum opus. 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, and he was banished from their high-society world forever. Laurence Leamer re-creates 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.      

Author: Laurence Leamer

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 368

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons

Publication Date: 2021-10-12


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