Truman Capote papers

Truman Capote papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Capote, Truman, 1924-1984
Title: Truman Capote papers
Dates: 1939-1976
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Abstract:The collection consists of papers of Truman Capote from 1939-1976. The papers include correspondence, two corrected typescripts of excerpts from ANSWERED PRAYERS, and a scrapbook containing clippings about Capote. The correspondence discusses Capote's writings particularly BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS, publication details, and possible changes or deletions in Capote's works.
Coll. Number: ms1612

Biographical/Historical Note

Truman Capote (1924- ), American author.

Index Terms

American literature--20th century
Authors, American.
Manuscripts (document genre)
Publishers and publishing--United States.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Truman Capote papers. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Correspondence, 1940-1961, undated

11From Margaret Hauser of Scholastic magazine to Capote discussing a piece he submitted to the magazine, 17 September 1940
2From C. McHugh, secretary of the Franklin School, to "Trunan" Capote noting the hour for an ancient history examination, 15 January 1943
3From Capote (autograph letter signed) to Bill and Roslyn Targ, 4 October 1956
"Enclosed is a brochure concerning a very beautiful play ['Light a Penny Candle' by Jack Dunphy]. I am helping the producers raise the backing because of my great admiration for it. I don't know if you ever invest in plays--but this one is extremely worthwhile and I wish you would: anything from $500 on. No use asking for the script because it is being revised . . . ." The brochure is present along with a carbon copy of the letter the Targs sent declining Capote's offer.
4From Capote (autograph letter signed) to Rust Hills of Esquire magazine written from Hotel Meltemi, Paros, Greece, 1958 (undated)
The letter reads in part: "Very pleased you like Breakfast at Tiffany's. I want you to restore the several deletions that occur in the Bazaar's MSS. (which must be the one you have). Their fiction editor, Alice Morris, will know what I mean, and I'm sure she will be very cooperative. Also, I hope you will not use that coarse paper that Esquire sometimes does; of course I don't see how you can, since you are going to illustrate with David Attie's photographs. I'm very happy that you are using his pictures, as I think they are excellent. Of course, I will want to see proofs. . . ."
5From Capote (autograph letter signed) to Rust Hills of Esquire magazine written from Villa Meltemi, Paros, Greece, 22 July 1958
The letter, in partial reading, states: "When in New York I talked to you (or someone at Esquire) about the possibility of buying 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' I said I would not be interested if you did not use Attie's photographs. The cable sent me in Athens specifically stated that Attie's pictures would be used. Now, today, I learn that this promise is not being kept. . . ." Also discusses deletions in the manuscript.
6From Capote (autograph letter signed) to Rust Hills of Esquire magazine written from Palamos, Costabrava, Spain, 4 July 1961
He writes of nicotine poisoning, his travel plans, and remarks, "Months ago, I wrote a card asking you to send me 2 tearsheet copies of my story 'Among the Paths to Eden.' But, if sent, they never arrived."
7From Capote (autograph postcard signed) to Louis Untermeyer written from Palamos, Costabrava, Spain, 5 October 1961
He notes he is hard at work on a book and thanks Untermeyer for writing him. Photocopy. Original postcard tipped into Capote's Other Voice, Other Rooms, author collection, copy 2
8From Capote (autograph postcard signed) to Rust Hills of Esquire magazine from Verbier, Switzerland, 27 November 1961
Capote writes in part, "Thanks for the note. But you stop looking in 'The New Yorker'--it will be another year before I've finished (after all, its 120,000 words long) . . . ."
9From Capote to Bill Reed, undated
Telegram and envelope on travel plans. Photocopy. Originals laid into Capote's Other Voices, Other Rooms, author collection, copy 1.
10From Capote (autograph letter signed) to Roslyn Targ, undated
He thanks the Targs for their hospitality.

Series 2: Typescripts

41 page typescript corrected throughout by Capote. An excerpt from his novel, Answered Prayers, this is the manuscript sent to Gordon Lish, editor of Esquire, for publication in the June 1975 issue. Inscribed on the last page: "Pour le Monsieur Lish avec Love, Truman." The text differs in many places from the printed version, a photocopy of which accompanies.
12"Kate McCloud."
36 page typescript corrected throughout by Capote. Published in Esquire December 1976. this piece is an excerpt from Answered Prayers. The text varies considerably from the printed text, a copy of which accompanies it. This manuscript with a note from Capote: "For Gordon Lish, with the hope that he will approve of this effort--Affectionately, Truman," is enclosed in a hardbound folder supplied by Capote.

Series 3: Scrapbook

113Scrapbook initialled T. G. C.
several clippings (some dating to Capote's high school years), bits of ephemera, and other miscellanea laid in.