The Complete Short Stories
A landmark collection that brings together Truman Capote’s life’s work in the form he called his “great love,” The Complete Stories confirms Capote’s status as a master of the short story.
Ranging from the gothic South to the chic East Coast, from rural children to aging urban sophisticates, all the unforgettable places and people of Capote’s oeuvre are here, in stories as elegant as they are heartfelt, as haunting as they are compassionate. Reading them reminds us of the miraculous gifts of a beloved American original.
“To best experience Capote the stylist, one must go back to his short fiction. . . . One experiences as strongly as ever his gift for concrete abstraction and his spectacular observancy.”
The New Yorker
“Capote does some things perfectly than many writers can’t do at all. . . . He summons the sensory world in its bewildering, inexhaustible richness.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
“It is a stunning experience to reread this fiction . . . and to realize how very golden this boy was. . . . We are in the presence of a tremendous talent, and a fully mature technique as well. Norman Mailer’s judgment that Capote was the most perfect writer of their generation—‘he writes the best sentences word for word, rhythm upon rhythm’—seems true and just.”
The New Criterion
"While reading The Complete Stories by Truman Capote, I wish to thank once again the publisher, translator and editor Rachel Penn for her initiative to translate this collection in spite of the current unfavourable trend when it comes to short stories."
Talma Admon, "Maariv"
"None of the stories in The Complete Short Stories by Truman Capote falls short... All are splendid, all are acurate descriptions of sentiments and all are brilliant descriptions of man's solitude."
Ran Yagil, "Haaretz"
"The Complete Short Stories by Truman Capote is a fascinating journey along his life and work."
Anat Einhar, "Yedioth Aharonot"