Capote

Jacki talks with George Plimpton, who has written a new biography of writer Truman Capote. Plimpton interviewed dozens of Capote's friends and associates about his literary life and the social phenomenon he became. Capote burst onto the scene in his early 20s and was a literary sensation for years, with works like "Other Voices Other Rooms", "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood". But he also surrounded himself with the "glitterati" of high society...for example, he threw a party in New York in 1966 that is still talked about today. But he fell from grace almost as quickly as he rose, betraying many of his friends in one of his last books, and becoming consumed by drinking and drugs until his death in 1984. (STATIONS: The book "CAPOTE: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career", by George Plimpton, is published by Doubleday.)

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