Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" Book Review by ABCs

Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood"
Looks at Truman Capote's innovative writing style in "In Cold Blood".
# 111876 | 1,410 words | 4 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 02, 2009 in Literature (American) , English (Creative Writing) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that, in Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood", there are two literary voices. One voice is the detached reporting the factual details as a journalistic reporter; the other voice is of a gifted and creative writer inventing images, which breath life into the reality. The paper further relates that, in addition to Capote's innovative writing style, the book is an intriguing masterpiece, which provides the crime enthusiast with the highest level of intrigue. The paper hypothesizes that the fact that Capote never completed a work after "In Cold Blood" might suggest that this book drained his ability to ever again be so inventive in telling the truth.

From the Paper:

"It is, however, somewhat disturbing that Capote resorts to other heinous crimes and the details of those crimes almost as filler, to sustain the length of the novel. As if the story he is telling and the lives and destruction wrought on the lives of everyone involved in the story is not enough to lengthen the novel and to sustain the reader. Yet Capote's journalistic instinct, nor his own ego, allow for him to be upstaged or outdone by the bold and elegant oratorical of another wordsmith."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hersey, J. 1986, 'The Legend on the License', Yale Review, vol. 75,no. 2, pp. 289-314.
  • Wolfe, T. and Johnson, E.W. 1973, 'Seizing the Power' (+ lastparagraph of Chapter 2), in The New Journalism, Picador,London, pp. 23-36
  • 'The Fiction of Truth', New York Times, 20 June 1984, p. A26
  • Waldmeir, Joseph J. and John C. Waldmeir, eds. The Critical Response to Truman Capote. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999. Book on-line. Available from Questia, Internet. Accessed 9 September 2008.

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