Breakfast at Tiffany's: A Short Novel and Three Stories, Signed by Truman Capote, Third Edition, 1958

Capote, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany's: A short novel and three stories. New York: Random House, 1958. Third edition. Signed by Capote on the title page. In the original publisher’s orange dust jacket and yellow cloth binding with partial black spine. With new matching archival ¼ leather and cloth clamshell case. 

This is the third edition of Truman Capote's classic novella chronicling the adventures of the free-spirited Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany's. In addition to the title novella, the book also includes three other short stories: House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memory. The book is signed “Truman Capote” in red marker on the title page. 

Capote originally sold his story Breakfast at Tiffany's to Harper's Bazaar for $2,000, with intended publication in its July 1958 issue. Shortly after the publication was scheduled, Harper's editor Carmel Snow was ousted by the magazine's publisher, the Hearst Corporation, and Hearst executives began asking for changes to the novella's language as there was concern that Tiffany's & Co., a major advertiser, would react negatively. The story was removed from the Harper’s publication schedule but Capote soon resold the work to Esquire for $3,000. His novella appeared in Esquire’s November 1958 issue. 

A collection of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s novella and three short stories by Capote was published by Random House in the same year. The novella received glowing reviews. "If you want to capture a period in New York, no other book has done it so well. He could capture a period and place like few others" (Norman Mailer). The novella was quickly adapted for the 1961 hit film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. 

Truman Capote was born in New Orleans and educated in New York and Connecticut. He worked in the Art Department of The New Yorker and as a writer on a television show before going on his own as a full-time writer. His first novel at age 24, Other Voices, Other Rooms, brought him literary fame and a strong following, which continued throughout his life, reaching a peak with the success of his "non-fiction” true crime novel In Cold Blood. Capote’s story, Shut a Final Door, won the O. Henry award in 1946.


Very good condition. Octavo. Retains the original publisher’s orange dust jacket, now protected by a mylar sleeve. Some fading to dust cover, but otherwise in very good condition. Original hardcover yellow cloth binding with partial black spine. Some interior toning to end papers and to pages 36 & 37. Signed by the author in red marker on the title page. Signature reads “Truman Capote.” Additional owner’s inscription on the front endpaper with inscription reading "Budd Skolnick, Jan. '59". 

With new matching archival ¼ black leather and orange cloth clamshell case. Clamshell case has gilt titles, stamps, and raised bands to the spine. Inlaid silhouette portrait of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly on the front of case. 

Dimensions: Book: 8 1/4" H x 5 1/2" W x 1" D. Clamshell:  9 1/2" H x 6 3/4" W x 2" D.

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