In Cold Blood By Capote

Truman Capote is one of the greatest authors of all time. He was born in 1924
and died in 1984. Sincehis early childhood, he has written many books and he has
won many prizes and awards. Many people say that In Cold Blood was Capote's best
work. In this book, Capote writes a carefully detailed account of the murder of
the Clutter family. In this detailed account, Capote follows the Clutter
family's subsequent adventures, which include the murders, the arrest, trial,
and executions of the murderers (Magill 2175). Capote has also been known for
his key sense of detail and imagery. It has been said that the artistic value of

In Cold Blood is as much to be found in it's illuminating detail (Reed 104).

This book is special in the way that it has been set-up. Capote looks at the
murderers preparation for the murders. Then he goes back to the Clutter family
in their happy household. Capote has a technique of writing that he feels
stemmed from his childhood. In many of his books, In Cold Blood included, Capote
makes usage of a character's detrimental childhood. He feels that this has
stemmed from his childhood because Capote had a bad childhood also. What makes

In Cold Blood unique is that at no time in this book does Capote render a
judgment about the criminals (Reed 107). In order to write this book, Capote had
to compile years of research, mounds of tapes and endless interviews (Magill

51). Capote wanted to write this book in a way so that the murder was known
almost as gruesome as it was. Truman Capote made significant contributions to

American Literature in the mid twentieth century, especially by portraying the
murder case as being inhumane, unnecessary, and without motivation throughout
the novel In Cold Blood. Truman Capote was an author with a well diversified
background. From his birth, Capote always thirsted for fame (Gale 13). However,
it was not always the kind of fame that he wanted. Capote's life became public
knowledge (Gale 1). His troubled childhood was even a factor in the media. When
looking back on his childhood, Capote associated his mother with emotional
neglect and his father with leaving the family. Even though he had a rough
childhood, Truman always excelled in school, especially in English classes. From
elementary school he maintained an A average, even through high school. When

Capote was 17 years old, his first story got published in a national magazine
(Gale 2). Capote was excited and proud of this accomplishment. At the age of 18,

Capote took an I.Q. test. His score of 215 was well above genius level (Gale 1).

He then began to write short stories, and he eventually got into writing novels,
which led up to the strenuous training for the writing of In Cold Blood. Before

Capote arrived in Kansas, he had already assessed over 6,000 pages of notes
(Gale 20). After writing In Cold Blood, Capote became dependent on tranquilizers
(Garson 29). While trying to get over his dependency, Capote became very
depressed. His depression was brought upon by the murderers case staying in the
courts for so long (Garson 93). Capote was put in jail prior to the trial's
verdict because he refused to be a witness. After being released from his short
jail term, Capote's doctor said the book took a great toll on his physical
condition, and he was extremely worried about his health (Reed 32). Another
devastating event happened shortly there after. The murderer's, Perry and Dick
were executed. this was such an awful thing for Capote, because Capote once said
that while writing this book, he became best friends with the killers. Capote
had one last great book which was Answered Prayers. Capote then began a short
decline downhill, because of his writer's block and failing health. Capote then
passed away in 1984 and the cover was closed on a great career. In Cold Blood
was a book written on a true account of the murder's of the Clutter family of

Holcomb County in Kansas. The book starts out describing the setting and the
family. The descriptions reveal the Clutter family as being a happy go-lucky
family, with everything going for them. Capote then switches his point of view,
and describes the murderer's and their plan for the attack on the Clutter
household. The Clutter family is going about their normal way of life, while

Perry and Dick, the killers, travel and prepare for the savage attack. Then,

Saturday night, shortly after the Clutter's turn in, Perry and Dick