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Source: Telegraph Media Group Limited (2019).
"Choosing to write a true account of an actual murder case--was altogether literary. The decision was based on a theory I've harbored since I first began to write professionally.... It seemed to me that journalism, reportage, could be forced to yield a serious new art form: the 'nonfiction novel'." (Plimpton, 1966, January 16)
Turman Capote being interviewed by George Plimpton in the New York Times in 1966.
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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)
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In Cold Blood | Overview: Study Guides
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New Journalism (Britannica High, n.d.)
"American literary movement in the 1960s and ’70s that pushed the boundaries of traditional journalism and nonfiction writing. The genre combined journalistic research with the techniques of fiction writing in the reporting of stories about real-life events. The writers often credited with beginning the movement include Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote, and Gay Talese." (“New Journalism”, n.d.)
The story behind a nonfiction novel (Plimpton, 1966, January16)
In Cold Blood" is remarkable for its objectivity--nowhere, despite his involvement, does the author intrude. In the following interview, done a few weeks ago, Truman Capote presents his own views on the case, its principals, and in particular he discusses the new literary art form which he calls the nonfiction novel. (Plimpton, 1966)
Recognizing the Art of Nonfiction (Davis, 2012, p. 10-12.)
The article discusses the "true crime" genre of nonfiction crime literature. The author focuses on the example of the 1966 book "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote. The author also discusses nonfiction considered for the Dashiell Hammett Award for crime writing. The author suggests that many true crime stories are formulaic in their focus on serial killers and other common plots. Also discussed is the book "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson. (Davis, 2012, p. 10-12.)
In Cold Blood | Overview: Books
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In cold blood by
Call Number: CAP
Publication Date: 2008
Controversial and compelling, In Cold Blood reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children. Truman Capote's comprehensive study of the killings and subsequent investigation explores the circumstances surrounding this terrible crime and the effect it had on those involved. At the centre of his study are the amoral young killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, who, vividly drawn by Capote, are shown to be reprehensible, yet entirely and frighteningly human.
Quicklet On Truman Capote's In Cold Blood by
Publication Date: 2012
Serialized in the New Yorker prior to publication in book form,'In Cold Blood'presents investigative journalism in the form of a novel, effectively combining literature and reporting. The New York Review of Books called it “The best documentary of an American crime ever written...” Other critics have not been so kind, citing fictionalized conversations, invented scenes, and fabricated events. Capote's narrative contains no footnotes, nor does he cite specific sources for any of the conversations in the book. By the time'In Cold Blood'appeared the end of the story was known. Both murderers had been tried, convicted and executed by hanging. The book's tremendous success stemmed from Capote's graphic depiction of the crime as well as his incisive and often empathetic descriptions of the killers.
A Study Guide for Truman Capote's In Cold Blood
Publication Date: 2015
A Study Guide for Truman Capote's'In Cold Blood. his concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading.
Truman Capote: Bloom's modern critical views by
Publication Date: 2009
A complex critical portrait of one of the most influential writers in the world - Bibliographic information that directs readers to additional resources for further study - A useful chronology of the writer's life - An introductory essay by Harold Bloom.
In Cold Blood | Overview: Audiobooks
In Cold Blood by
Publication Date: 2006
The most famous true crime novel of all time and one of the first non-fiction novels ever written; In Cold Blood is the bestseller that haunted its author long after he finished writing it.
On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.
In Cold Blood | Overview: Videos
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In Cold Blood | Overview: Curriculum alignment
Literacy [Australian General Capability.1]
The knowledge and skills needed to access, understand, analyse and evaluate information, make meaning, express thoughts and emotions, present ideas and opinions, interact with others and participate in activities.
Comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing [Australian General Capability.11]
Using strategies for reading and viewing texts, including using applied topic knowledge, vocabulary and visual knowledge. Listening for information and to carry out tasks and participate in discussions. Using strategies for comprehending spoken, written, visual and multimodal texts, including retrieving literal information and making inferences.
Literature, Year 11-12 [Australian Curriculum Framework, E700]
For students who choose to study literature at a more intensive level in years 11 and 12. Literature focuses on the study of literary texts, developing students as independent, innovative and creative learners and thinkers who appreciate the aesthetic use of language, evaluate perspectives and evidence, and challenge ideas and interpretations.