Norman Mailer once called Truman Capote "the most perfect writer of my generation." In the nine essays collected in Local Color, Capote's first non-fiction book, he first displays the creative shift from fiction to reportage that ultimately produced his masterpiece - In Cold Blood (1965).
Written from 1946-50, in pieces Capote later described as "a written geography of my life," Hollywood, New York, Brooklyn, Haiti, Europe, Ischia, Tangier, Spain and his native New Orleans are portrayed in the shimmering prose that became Capote's legacy - a style that proves "extraordinarily straightforward, clean and cool… his early Local Color portraits… have the clear shine of a well-polished mirror" (New York Times).


  1. https://www.baumanrarebooks.com/rare-books/capote-truman/local-color/108206.aspx


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