Happy Birthday, Truman


Truman Capote was born Truman Streckfus Persons on this date in 1924. Capote is

best known for his short novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s, later made into a film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and his true crime novel In Cold Blood.

An interesting fact about Capote is that his neighbor and best friend was Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Capote claimed to be the inspiration for the character Dill. Lee helped Capote research In Cold Blood.

In honor of his birthday, I thought I’d share two graphic quotes on writing by Truman Capote:

“To me, the greatest pleasure in writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that the words make.” Truman Capote

“It’s a very excruciating life facing that blank piece of paper every day and having to reach up somewhere into the clouds and bring something down out of them.” Truman Capote

“Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.” Truman Capote


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Brian WaskoBrian is the founder and president of WriteAtHome.com. One of his passions is to teach young people how to write better.View all posts by Brian Wasko

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