Truman Capote 's The Cold Blood

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Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” is widely considered today as the first “non-fiction novel.” Published in 1966 and the fruit of over 6 years of research, the novel is an account of the gruesome murder of the Clutter family by two fellow ex-convicts Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. The four members of the Clutter household, Kenyon, Nancy, Bonnie, and Herbert Clutter were all taken to a different location in the house and promptly executed, each by a brutal shot to the head with a 12-gauge shotgun. Famous writer Truman Capote, who at the time was experimenting with literary journalism in hopes of coming up with a “non-fiction novel”, quickly saw his opportunity and was on-site soon after the crime happened and followed the entire case through the capture, trial, and execution of the two convicts, a period that lasted over 6 years.

Shortly after the execution of the murderers of the Clutter family, Smith and Hickock, Capote came up with his new book “In Cold Blood,” which according to him merged the techniques of fiction writing with those of journalism in order to come up with a new literary genre that would depict factual information through the literary techniques of fiction writing: the Non-fiction novel. In other words, “In Cold Blood” was an experiment by Truman Capote with literary journalism. One of the main necessities of literary journalism is the requirement for accuracy; however, in “In Cold Blood,” Truman Capote takes too many liberties in the…

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