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Truman Capote: A Literary Life at the Movies (The South on Screen Ser.) Paperback – May 1, 2014
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Tison Pugh gives us a thoroughly researched, interpretive, and insightful examination of all the ways Capote’s writing talents, conspicuous celebrity, and uncloseted sexuality intersected in movies and television. Though Capote’s literary reputation primarily rests on his fiction and nonfiction, Pugh illuminates Capote’s versatility in adapting screenplays from the original works of other writers, in his cinematic style in his own original work, in the often subtle gay-themed subtexts of much of his most famous work, and in his unique performance of his gay-celebrity persona, a persona that ultimately influenced estimates of Capote’s literary achievements, inextricably linking his writing with his life. Pugh’s book is an invaluable contribution to the fullest possible picture of one of America’s greatest, most versatile, and most conspicuous writers. (Ralph F. Voss author of Truman Capote and the Legacy of “In Cold Blood”)
With thick paragraphs on every page, each chapter is its own academic essay, with enough content to be stretched into a full collegiate course. This makes for dense reading but also opens many avenues of film and literature to explore as well. It's a hefty book yet rich with insight into Capote's literary and cinematic achievements. (Publishers Weekly)
Pugh's latest is the piece of film history that you didn't even know that your library was missing. It's a fascinating look at the effect of Truman Capote's literature (In Cold Blood) and scriptwriting on film, sprinkled with allusions to his increasing cheekiness in regards to movies of his time (1924–84). . . . This book is not for those seeking a quick read or a photo-filled tome, but for a fresh perspective on the meeting of literature and film, look no further. . . . This book expertly explains how film studies, film history, and queer theory all converge in the charismatic Capote. A must for anyone interested in seeing the connections between film adaptations and quintessential Capote literature. (Jennifer Thompson Library Journal)
Pugh does an admirable job of writing about Capote’s relationship with Hollywood and movies without getting caught up in celebrity stories concerning this opinionated author. Well written and thoroughly researched, Truman Capote will be a worthy addition to literature and/or theater collections in academic and large public libraries. (Kathy Campbell Tennessee Libraries)
About the Author
TISON PUGH is a professor of English at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of Queer Chivalry: Medievalism and the Myth of White Masculinity in Southern Literature, and Queering Medieval Genres and coeditor of Queer Movie Medievalisms, among other titles.