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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.

 

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Jane Bowles, David Herbert, Truman Capote by Cecil Beaton, Marruecos, 1949
Jane Bowles, David Herbert, Truman Capote by Cecil Beaton, Marruecos, 1949
Truman Capote with Jon Gould by Andy Warhol, Fire Island, 1982
Truman Capote with Jon Gould by Andy Warhol, Fire Island, 1982
Truman Capote and Andy Warhol by Mick Rock, 1979
Truman Capote and Andy Warhol by Mick Rock, 1979
Lee Radziwill and Truman Capote, 1966
Lee Radziwill and Truman Capote, 1966
Truman Capote and Barbara
Truman Capote and Barbara "Babe" Paley in Paris, 1959
Truman Capote's
Truman Capote's "Black and White Ball" at the Plaza Hotel, New York City, by Elliott Erwitt, 1966
Liza Minnelli, Truman Capote and Steve Rubell at Studio 54, 1970s
Liza Minnelli, Truman Capote and Steve Rubell at Studio 54, 1970s
George Balanchine, Tanaquil LeClercq, and Truman Capote, March 1955
George Balanchine, Tanaquil LeClercq, and Truman Capote, March 1955
Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, Truman Capoteand Paloma Picasso at Studio 54, 1979
Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, Truman Capoteand Paloma Picasso at Studio 54, 1979
Truman Capote and Marilyn Monroe, 1950s
Truman Capote and Marilyn Monroe, 1950s
Marilyn Monroe and Truman Capote, 1959
Marilyn Monroe and Truman Capote, 1959
Contact sheet Truman Capote with Cecil Beaton, 1952
Contact sheet Truman Capote with Cecil Beaton, 1952
Liza Minnelli and Truman Capote by Danny Lee at Studio 54, 1978
Liza Minnelli and Truman Capote by Danny Lee at Studio 54, 1978
Kate Harrington, Truman Capote and Gloria Swanson, Photo by Ron Galella, 1978
Kate Harrington, Truman Capote and Gloria Swanson, Photo by Ron Galella, 1978
Victor Hugo and Truman Capote by Andy Warhol
Victor Hugo and Truman Capote by Andy Warhol
Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Halson, Steve Rubell, Marisa Berenson at Studio 54 for Steve Rubell's birthday party
Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Halson, Steve Rubell, Marisa Berenson at Studio 54 for Steve Rubell's birthday party
Truman Capote, Halston and Steve Rubell at his birthday party at Studio 54
Truman Capote, Halston and Steve Rubell at his birthday party at Studio 54
Truman Capote and Jennifer Jones by Robert Capa on the set of Beat the Devil, Ravello, Italy, April 1953
Truman Capote and Jennifer Jones by Robert Capa on the set of Beat the Devil, Ravello, Italy, April 1953
Truman Capote and Steve Rubell by Andy Warhol
Truman Capote and Steve Rubell by Andy Warhol
Truman Capote with Cecil Beaton, 1952
Truman Capote with Cecil Beaton, 1952
Truman Capote and Marella Agnelli
Truman Capote and Marella Agnelli
Perry Smith and Truman Capote by Richard Avedon
Perry Smith and Truman Capote by Richard Avedon
Truman Capote and Katherine Graham at the Black and White Ball, Plaza Hotel, 1966
Truman Capote and Katherine Graham at the Black and White Ball, Plaza Hotel, 1966
Truman Capote, Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer, 1961
Truman Capote, Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer, 1961
Cecil Beaton and Truman Capote in Tangier, 1949
Cecil Beaton and Truman Capote in Tangier, 1949
Truman Capote and Andy Warhol, 1979
Truman Capote and Andy Warhol, 1979
Emilio Sanz de Soto, Pepe Carleton, Truman Capote, Jane y Paul Bowles, Tanger, 1947
Emilio Sanz de Soto, Pepe Carleton, Truman Capote, Jane y Paul Bowles, Tanger, 1947
Truman Capote and Richard Avedon, 1950s
Truman Capote and Richard Avedon, 1950s
Truman Capote on the set of In cold blood directed by Richard Brooks, 1967
Truman Capote on the set of In cold blood directed by Richard Brooks, 1967
Truman Capote, Scott Wilson and Robert Blake by Jack Garofalo on the set of In cold blood directed by Richard Brooks, 1967
Truman Capote, Scott Wilson and Robert Blake by Jack Garofalo on the set of In cold blood directed by Richard Brooks, 1967
Gloria Vanderbilt, Pearl Bailey and Truman Capoe at the Blue Angel, 1955
Gloria Vanderbilt, Pearl Bailey and Truman Capoe at the Blue Angel, 1955
Lester Persky, Andy Warhol and Truman Capote by Ron Galella, New York, 1978
Lester Persky, Andy Warhol and Truman Capote by Ron Galella, New York, 1978
Gloria Vanderbilt  and Truman Capote for the opening performance of Caligula, 1960
Gloria Vanderbilt and Truman Capote for the opening performance of Caligula, 1960
Truman Capote with Lee Radziwill, 1967
Truman Capote with Lee Radziwill, 1967
Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Jack Dunphy and Truman Capote, 1949
Jack Dunphy and Truman Capote, 1949
Donald Windham, ca. 1942
Donald Windham, ca. 1942
Audrey Hepburn by Cecil Beaton, 1964
Audrey Hepburn by Cecil Beaton, 1964
Babe Paley by John Rawlings for Vogue, 1946
Babe Paley by John Rawlings for Vogue, 1946
Lee Radziwill, Truman Capote and Jane Howard by Pierre Boulat, 1967
Lee Radziwill, Truman Capote and Jane Howard by Pierre Boulat, 1967
David Herbert, Cecil Beaton and Truman Capote in Tangier, 1949
David Herbert, Cecil Beaton and Truman Capote in Tangier, 1949
Mel Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn and Truman Capote, 1961
Mel Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn and Truman Capote, 1961
Babe Paley by Erwin Blumenfeld, 1947
Babe Paley by Erwin Blumenfeld, 1947
Truman Capote, 1968
Truman Capote, 1968
Cecil Beaton by Ernest A. Bachrach, 1935
Cecil Beaton by Ernest A. Bachrach, 1935
Andy Warhol by David Bailey, 1973
Andy Warhol by David Bailey, 1973
Donald Windham and Sandy Campbell by Carl Van Vechten, 1955
Donald Windham and Sandy Campbell by Carl Van Vechten, 1955
David Herbert, 1940s
David Herbert, 1940s
Marella Agnelli by Erwin Blumenfeld, 1950s
Marella Agnelli by Erwin Blumenfeld, 1950s
Jackie Kennedy and sister Lee Radziwill at the White House, 1960s
Jackie Kennedy and sister Lee Radziwill at the White House, 1960s
Gloria Vanderbilt by Gordon Parks, 1952
Gloria Vanderbilt by Gordon Parks, 1952
Gloria Vanderbilt, by Horst P. Horst, 1961
Gloria Vanderbilt, by Horst P. Horst, 1961
Jane Bowles by Carl Van Vechten, 1951
Jane Bowles by Carl Van Vechten, 1951
Lee Radziwill by Elliott Erwitt at
Lee Radziwill by Elliott Erwitt at "Black and White Ball", the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Liza Minelli with Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger  by Ron Galella at Studio 54, 1970s
Liza Minelli with Andy Warhol and Bianca Jagger by Ron Galella at Studio 54, 1970s
Marella Agnelli by Richard Avedon, 1959
Marella Agnelli by Richard Avedon, 1959
Marella and Gianni Agnelli at
Marella and Gianni Agnelli at "Black and White Ball", the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Babe Paley by Slim Aarons in Round Hill, Jamaica, 1959
Babe Paley by Slim Aarons in Round Hill, Jamaica, 1959
Truman with Bill and Babe Paley at their house in Round Hill, Jamaica, 1950s
Truman with Bill and Babe Paley at their house in Round Hill, Jamaica, 1950s
Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Tom McGuane and James Kirkwood, 1970s
Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Tom McGuane and James Kirkwood, 1970s
David Wolkowsky with Truman Capote at the Chart Room Key West, circa 1970
David Wolkowsky with Truman Capote at the Chart Room Key West, circa 1970
Gloria Vanderbilt,, 1950s
Gloria Vanderbilt,, 1950s
Jacqueline Bouvier WITH Caroline Lee Bouvier, Debutante Ball, 1951
Jacqueline Bouvier WITH Caroline Lee Bouvier, Debutante Ball, 1951
Candice Bergen by Elliott Erwitt at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Candice Bergen by Elliott Erwitt at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Philip Johnson and Truman Capote by Andy Warhol, 1979
Philip Johnson and Truman Capote by Andy Warhol, 1979
Lee Radziwill by Andy Warhol, 1972
Lee Radziwill by Andy Warhol, 1972
Penelope Tree at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Penelope Tree at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Billy Baldwin at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Billy Baldwin at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Henry Fonda and Shirlee Mae Adams at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Henry Fonda and Shirlee Mae Adams at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Mr and Mrs Henry Ford II at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Mr and Mrs Henry Ford II at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Truman Capote's Black and White Ball by Elliott Erwitt, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Truman Capote's Black and White Ball by Elliott Erwitt, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Andy Warhol at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball by Elliott Erwitt, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Andy Warhol at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball by Elliott Erwitt, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Invitation for Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, 1966
Invitation for Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, 1966
Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, the Plaza Hotel, New York City, 1966
Marella Agnelli, Truman Capote, and Bunny Mellon, at Lafayette the day after Capote's Black and White ball by Kenneth Paul Block, 1966
Marella Agnelli, Truman Capote, and Bunny Mellon, at Lafayette the day after Capote's Black and White ball by Kenneth Paul Block, 1966
Audrey Hepburn for Breakfast at Tiffany's directed by Blake Edwards, 1961
Audrey Hepburn for Breakfast at Tiffany's directed by Blake Edwards, 1961
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote, 1958
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote, 1958
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