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Actor Michael C. Hall Narrates ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

51rZT5DkgdL._SL300_Dexter actor Michael C. Hall narrated an audiobook edition of Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.

Audible.com released this work on February 11, 2014. This project marks the first time Hall served as a reader for an audiobook performance.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Hall had this statement: “Reacquainting myself with this landmark work of fiction was a pleasure and a privilege. Anyone only familiar with the film version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be astonished by the subtlety and beauty of Capote’s prose, and by the nuanced complexity of the story. For me, this is among the best scripts an actor could imagine.”

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Previously Unpublished Truman Capote Story in Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair will feature an unpublished Truman Capote story called “Yachts and Things” in its next issue.

The story is about two friends about to take ”an idyllic three-week cruise in the Mediterranean aboard a friend’s chartered yacht.” The issue will hit New York and Los Angeles newsstands on November 1. Readers in other parts of the country can get the issue on November 6 both in print and iPad, Nook and Kindle format. Here’s more from the magazine:

[The] newly discovered work that appears to be an early draft of one of the unpublished chapters of Truman Capote’s Answered Prayers. Contributing editor Sam Kashner noticed the manuscript, entitled “Yachts and Things,” while sorting through Capote’s papers in the Manuscripts and Archives Division of the New York Public Library while researching that lost novel in progress and the scandal surrounding it. “Could Truman have been hiding parts of Answered Prayers, right under our noses?” Kashner asks in the introduction to the text, which appears alongside his report.

Would You Run Away with J.D. Salinger?

33-year-old J.D. Salinger tried to run away with a married woman at a Harper’s Magazine party in 1952, one writer explained in a new essay. According to a Paris Review essay by Blair Fuller, Salinger privately proposed to her sister, Jill Fox, asking her to leave everything behind and start a new life in New Hampshire.

Fox refused, but confessed after the party: “I was smitten with Jerry [Salinger] that evening, but I wondered what he and I would be saying to one another around Hartford.” Hartford is the halfway point between Cornish and New York City.

Jill’s husband Joe Fox would become a Random House editor, working with authors like Truman Capote and Philip Roth. If given the chance, what author would you run away with?

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Truman Capote Mansion for Sale; Only $18 Million

0135204-1.jpgThis morning we wrote about the cushy day jobs of some lucky mid 20th Century writers. Now here’s a glimpse at one mid-20th Century writer’s gorgeous Brooklyn Heights mansion–on sale for $18 million!

Truman Capote‘s house (pictured, via) is situated in one of Brooklyn’s most exclusive and well-preserved neighborhoods. It comes with a gigantic backyard and five stories of luxurious design. The Daily News spoke with a broker about this expensive, but beautiful, space where some great books were written. More pictures here.

Here’s an excerpt: “With 11 fireplaces, parking for four cars, a mural copied from the Kennedy White House, a back porch and a garden like something out of a Southern estate, the Brooklyn Heights mansion is touted as the finest house in the borough’s finest neighborhood … There, amid the grand Greek Revival columns and crystal chandeliers, the eccentric writer dreamed up iconic New York party girl Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He also wrote In Cold Blood, his famous ‘nonfiction’ novel, at the mansion.” (Via Maud Newton)