Monday, May 10, 2010

Holly Golightly Recommends

Truman Capote Encyclopedia

Truman Capote was one of the most flamboyant*, exuberant, self-advertising, and self-destructive figures in American literary history. This much-needed encyclopedia summarizes every item in Capote's oeuvre, including novels, short stories, and non-fictional prose pieces. All of his fictional characters are identified, as well as family members and acquaintances, particularly those who were most relevant to his literary output. Film and television adaptations of his work are briefly addressed. Many entries include bibliographical citations to facilitate further reading of Capote scholarship.
* That's code for "faggy", by the way.

Hardcover, 187 pages, $75.00. Sounds like it could be very cool. Except for the seventy-five dollar price tag. Does the author need a new hot tub or something? It's not that I have a problem shelling out that kind of money for a book (okay, I do: I'm cheap) but with that price point I'm expecting something a little more substantive. The Lost Encyclopedia is twice as big and half the price. Plus, it's got shirtless pictures of Sawyer.

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