From his early twenties, the writer, Truman Capote, was American literature’s darling, earning worldwide fame with his novel, In Cold Blood, in 1965. Before fame his circle of close feminine friends had expanded itself from Gloria Vanderbilt to Babe Paley, Lee Radziwill or Marella Agnelli, his Swans, who saw in Truman Capote their bitchy confessor. He pleasured women in every way but physical acts of love, by flattering them and by consoling their poor little rich girls’ pains. His Swans were not only rich and famous, they had stories to tell, they had created themselves just as he had done and thus, he observed and listened, recording everything in order to become to modern rich Americans what Marcel Proust had been to the Belle Epoque French aristocracy. Yet his plans turned into a social suicide when, in 1975, a first abstract of Answered Prayers, La Cote Basque 1965, was published in Esquire and the effect was that of a bomb. Featuring an embarrassing scene for the Paleys, gossiping Jackie Kennedy and Slim Keith, the text was seen as a betrayal and Truman Capote was promptly banished from his Swans’ society. It was the beginning of his violent fall…a fall that nonetheless led him to other fashionable circles, that of Andy Warhol’s Factory and the Studio 54.