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The Grass Harp: A Play in Two Acts Paperback – October 1, 1954


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.; First edition (October 1, 1954)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822204762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822204763
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in a small Southern town in the 1930s, this classic work tells the story of three endearing misfits--an orphaned boy and two whimsical old ladies--who one day take up residence in a tree house. Now a major motion picture from Fine Line Features, starring Sissy Spacek, Walter Matthau, Piper Laurie, and Nell Carter. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Truman Capote was a native of New Orleans, where he was born on September 30, 1924. His first novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms, was an international literary success when first published in 1948, and accorded the author a prominent place among the writers of America's postwar generation. He sustained this position subsequently with short-story collections (A Tree of Night, among others), novels and novellas (The Grass Harp and Breakfast at Tiffany's), some of the best travel writing of our time (Local Color), profiles and reportage that appeared originally in The New Yorker (The Duke in His Domain and The Muses Are Heard), a true-crime masterpiece (In Cold Blood), several short memiors about his childhood in the South (A Christmas Memory, The Thanksgiving Visitor, and One Christmas), two plays (The Grass Harp and House of Flowers and two films (Beat the devil and The Innocents).

Mr. Capote twice won the O.Henry Memorial Short Story Prize and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died in August 1984, shortly before his sixtieth birthday. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Truman Capote was born in New Orleans in 1925 and was raised in various parts of the south, his family spending winters in New Orleans and summers in Alabama and New Georgia. By the age of fourteen he had already started writing short stories, some of which were published. He left school when he was fifteen and subsequently worked for the New Yorker which provided his first - and last - regular job. Following his spell with the New Yorker, Capote spent two years on a Louisiana farm where he wrote Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948). He lived, at one time or another, in Greece, Italy, Africa and the West Indies, and travelled in Russia and the Orient. He is the author of many highly praised books, including A Tree of Night and Other Stories (1949), The Grass Harp (1951), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958), In Cold Blood (1965), which immediately became the centre of a storm of controversy on its publication, Music for Chameleons (1980) and Answered Prayers (1986), all of which are published by Penguin. Truman Capote died in August 1984.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cate on August 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
Does anyone read Truman Capote anymore? Other than teenagers, I mean, who have seen or heard about "In Cold Blood" and are expecting more? Capote did not write verse, he did not rhyme, but he wrote poetry (when he wrote what he wanted to write). I sat down two days ago with just 15 minutes to indulge, having pulled from the shelf "The Grass Harp" and, again, was captured and envious. Does anyone turn a descriptive phrase as he does? Does any author bring one to tears with his visual descriptions, like a painter as well as a poet? He is not in style now. He is overlooked. When they teach "southern authors", I do not recall seeing his name. Perhaps his later "tabloid" works and lifestyle eclipse him now. I hope it will not always be so. What a wonderful, honest, tender story this is. I hope it will not be lost.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "triblet" on March 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Grass Harp is a perfect and beautiful piece of American fiction. I have read this novel at least ten times, and each time it moves me. The language is rich and textured, the characters are real and true, the story is simple and touching. To read Capote is to fall in love with an American South that is no more- a time and place that can only exist in the imagination.
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Format: Hardcover
Written with a sensitivity that reaches places in the human heart few authors can reach, The Grass Harp is a masterpiece written by a writer who could put more imagery and color into one page of writing than most writers can put into an entire novel. Those who know the craft of writing understand Truman to be a master, that his writing isn't just good, that his writing is so much more, that his writing is art. Truman left us too soon, but the grass harp that stands at the bottom of the hill of "bonewhite slabs and brown burnt flowers" has gathered up and is telling his story even now...and will tell it forever.
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