“I don't care what anybody says about me as long as it isn't true.” - Truman Capote, Author “Breakfast at Tiffany’s" (1958) and “In Cold Blood” (1966)
Today PASH honors the birthday of novelist Truman Capote, writer of the romantic comedy “Breakfast at Tiffany’s" (1958) and the true crime epic “In Cold Blood” (1966), both of which inspired Academy Award-nominated films. Capote’s journalistic work following the 1959 murder of a family inside a community of farmers in Kansas titled “In Cold Blood” is considered the original non-fiction novel and a pioneering work in the true crime genre. A childhood friend of “To Kill A Mockingbird” author Harper Lee, the two often collaborated and aided each other as fellow writers — Capote famously inspired the character of Dill from Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Known for his distinctive voice and quirky affectations, Capote was a staple of television talk shows during the limelight of his career, cementing his status as an American pop cultural icon and one of the 20th century’s most impactful authors.