Capote, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany's: A short novel and three stories. New York: Random House, 1958. First edition, first printing. In the original publisher’s orange dust jacket and yellow cloth binding with a partial black spine. With new matching archival ¼ leather and cloth clamshell case.
This is the first edition, first printing of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote's classic novella chronicling the adventures of the free-spirited Holly Golightly. In addition to the title novella, the book also includes three other short stories: House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memory.
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 "nonfiction” true crime novel, In Cold Blood. Capote’s story, Shut a Final Door, won the O. Henry award in 1946.
Very good condition. In the original publisher’s yellow cloth binding with a partial black spine. Slight lean to spine, cloth boards are only lightly dust-soiled. In original orange dust jacket, with price intact. Light staining to rear panel of dust jacket, spine faded, repaired tears to the front, and minor chipping at ends. Interior pages are healthy with only occasional light foxing. Presented in a new, custom archival ¼ leather and cloth clamshell, with gilt stamps, titles, and raised bands to the spine, and a photograph of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly inlaid on the front.
Clamshell dimensions: 9 1/2" H x 6 7/8" W x 1 3/4" D; Book dimensions: 8 1/2" H x 5 3/4" W x 7/8" D.
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