The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

September 30, 2016

September 30, 1924

Truman Capote (September 30, 1924 to August 25, 1984), was a unique American genius in literature. The ease of his entree into the role of celebrity writer (his first job was at the New Yorker) was balanced by the barbs and bottles of misfortune. I cannot think of a writer whose prose is superior. Thematically speaking such an assessment may be parsed. Gay writers can rarely portray sluthood but, in his defense, on the occasion of Breakfast at Tiffany's, he was unhappy with Audrey Hepburn as the heroine. His choice had been Marilyn Monroe. I think he was right that she might have done a better job.

Capote was presumably pleased with Orangey's performance. And he had the character Paul Varjack name his book, Nine Lives. Truman Capote was a great lover of cats.

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