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Truman CapoteEver since birth, Truman Capote was unique. He was a little person but despite the hardships he faced in childhood he always hung on to his dream of becoming a writer. When he started to write, it was evident that he had potential. Truman wrote classic books such as In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Truman was a clever witted man and it was just that wittiness of his that would become the death of him. He would write about all of his new famous friends and reveal their deepest darkest secrets with a smile. At the end of his life, he was ostracized because he had revealed the secrets of his friends without their permission. Maybe his difficult time as a child was what caused him to turn to drugs and alcohol, and impair his judgement, but one may never know. To understand his death fully we must look back to his beginning in the town of Monroeville, Alabama.Truman Steckfus Persons was born an only child in New Orleans on September 30, 1924. Truman's parents' marriage was described as being in a "constant state of turmoil" (American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies 111). His father, Arch Persons, was a schemer whose plans were almost never successful. For a while he worked as a clerk for a steamboat company, but he really didn't stick with any job for long. He was a man who would leave home in search of what he described as "new opportunities." His mother, Lillie Mae Faulk, was a sixteen-year-old beauty queen and an alcoholic, and when she was seventeen she gave birth to Truman.Because Truman's parents were always fighting, they eventually split up. While Truman's mother was moving around with many men, the little boy was usually sent to live with her relatives. These relatives lived in Monroeville, Alabama. As a matter of fact, one of his relatives, an elderly spinster, whom he adored very much, was a character in some of Truman's novels, stories, and plays (Levity 1).In Monroeville, Truman grew up and made some friends along the way. One of his friends was the famous Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Actually, it is generally believed that in her novel, Dill represents Truman. While living in Monroeville, it was reported that Lillie Mae had made many phone calls to her relatives, crying because she had no money and no husband.In 1931, when Truman was about seven, his mother officially divorced Arch and married a very successful businessman named Joseph Garcia Capote. Joe and Lillie took Truman from his home in Monroeville and moved to the northeast where they resided in New York City and parts of Connecticut. Living in New York City was great for young Truman. It is believed that his long lived love of this city began when he moved here. In 1933, Truman made a big step to drop his father's last name and take up his new stepfather's last name, Capote. Truman Capote even said that because of T.S. Eliot, the famous writer, he decided that the name he had originally picked, "T.S. Persons" wasn't very...

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