Autograph Letter Signed [ALS] mentioning In Cold Blood(233 views)
Description: Outstanding autograph letter by Capote to his friend William Gray, proudly announcing that his masterpiece, In Cold Blood is nearing completion. Written on Capote?s letterhead with his name embossed in all caps on the upper left margin, the letter reads: Dear Mr. Gray - Bless you for writing me such a kind letter! I greatly appreciate your interest and tender concern. The fact is, I have been working, and working steadily and single-mindedly, on a new book for the past five, almost six years. Now it is almost finished. The title is: ?In Cold Blood?; it is quite a long book (for me), and I think it is good?and I hope you will too. Again, thank you. I am a most fortunate writer to have a reader-friend like you. [signed] T. Capote 12 November 1964 Capote worked for nearly seven years on his masterpiece, In Cold Blood. ?So immense was the stress of the editorial undertaking... that Capote became addicted to tranquilizers and developed an emotional attachment to the criminals, whose deaths by hanging he witnessed at the Kansas state penitentiary? (American National Biography). In Cold Blood first appeared as a four-part serial in The New Yorker beginning with the September 25, 1965 issue (approximately 10 months after this letter was written). The recipient, William S. Gray, was a professor of literature and active member of the American literary circles of the 1950s and 60s. In the 1950's, Gray was introduced to Truman Capote by Tennessee Williams and the two developed a close friendship. (Gray was one of the invitees to Capote's celebrated Black and White Ball in 1966, the so-called "Party of the Century".) One leaf (7x10 inches), both sides, on Capote?s personal letterhead. Original folds, a few spots of soiling. With original envelope addressed in Capote?s own hand and an (unsigned) later publicity photo of Capote. Letters by Capote explicitly mentioning In Cold Blood are very rare.
Artist or Maker: CAPOTE, TRUMAN