Essay on Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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Many writers traditionally use their imagination to fabricate an interesting yet fictional story. Only their creativity and vision limit their writing. They can afford to neglect minor details because they do not base their stories on factual information. There existed a period when this was the only practiced style when writing a novel. However, Truman Capote pioneered the 'nonfiction novel', as he called it, when he undertook the writing of In Cold Blood. His book described the well-known murders of the Clutters, a model American family. Due to the fact that Capote was writing a factual account of the crime, he thought it necessary to make his novel correct in even the smallest details. This proved to be a very difficult project, …show more content…
They drove east to Garden City where Sandy verified such things

as dates and distances. Sandy said that she had worked with many

New Yorker writers, but Truman was the most accurate.(351)

Capote knew that his novel was correct but had someone check its accuracy as a way of boasting. Many people retraced Capote?s steps trying to find a mistake. However, no errors of any substance were ever uncovered. During the six years of research, Capote spent a lot of his time around the people involved with the murders in order to gain more insight. Moreover, he wanted to portray the characters as they really are. Capote was bragging yet again when he introduced Sandy Campbell to the Deweys. Capote wanted Sandy to see that his novel correctly depicted the actual characters. Granville Hicks wrote the following in reference to Truman Capote?s brilliant novel

Capote, by an elaborate process of checking and cross-checking,

has probably come as close to the facts as is humanly possible.

However, it is not the gathering of data that counts,
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