Truman Garcia Capote (September 30, 1924 - August 25, 1984) was an American writer best known for his "nonfiction novel" (journalism with a literary voice) In Cold Blood and the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's, both of which were adapted into movies. He wrote a childhood memoir called A Christmas Memory that he adapted for television and narrated.
Capote was born Truman Streckfus Persons in New Orleans. He was a childhood friend of Harper Lee and was the inspiration for the character of Dill in To Kill A Mockingbird.
He appeared as Lionel Twain in the film comedy Murder by Death. A short story published in Esquire in the 1970s alienated many of his celebrity acquaintances, who saw thinly disguised versions of themselves.
Part of his public persona was a long-standing rivalry with Gore Vidal.
He was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California.
Other Voices, Other Rooms (novel, 1948)
A Tree of Night and other stories (1949)
The Grass Harp (play, 1951)
House of Flowers (musical, 1954) (with Harold Arlen)
The Muses Are Heard (novel, 1956)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (novel, 1958)
In Cold Blood (novel, 1966)
A Christmas Memory (memoir, 1966)
Music for Chameleons (short stories, 1980)
Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel (1986)