Truman Capote’s Party To Remember

Truman Capote at his Black-and-White Ball at the Plaza Hotel New York, with Katherine Graham, the publisher of the Washington Post. (Harry Benson/Express/Getty Images)

Truman Capote, who was born in New Orleans in 1924, grew up in Monroeville, Alabama. His elderly aunts raised him after his mother abandoned him, and he started writing. A lot. After he was sent to New York City as a teenager, he dropped out of school and got a job with The New Yorker magazine. The young writer started to find literary success, which attracted the social elite. On the heels of his success with Breakfast at Tiffany’s, he began work on In Cold Blood, which was in a new genre that he created, the nonfiction novel.