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Lost friendships : a memoir of Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and others

Author: Donald Windham
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Drawing on his journals, novelist Windham (Two People, etc.) describes his relationships with Capote and Williams ("the one person I loved to whom I didn't have a physical attachment"), their addiction to alcohol, jealousy and untruth, their deterioration as writers and as human beings. The inspiration for Capote's writing, he states, was not experience but reading, and as time went on, instead of writing, he
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Windham, Donald.
Lost friendships.
New York : W. Morrow, ©1987
(OCoLC)568035087
Named Person: Donald Windham; Truman Capote; Tennessee Williams; Truman Capote; Tennessee Williams; Donald Windham; Truman Capote; Tennessee Williams; Donald Windham; Donald Windham; Truman Capote; Tennessee Williams
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Windham
ISBN: 0688069479 9780688069476
OCLC Number: 14068463
Description: 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Donald Windham.

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Drawing on his journals, novelist Windham (Two People, etc.) describes his relationships with Capote and Williams ("the one person I loved to whom I didn't have a physical attachment"), their addiction to alcohol, jealousy and untruth, their deterioration as writers and as human beings. The inspiration for Capote's writing, he states, was not experience but reading, and as time went on, instead of writing, he "talked about the writing he was going to do." He was "always engaged in fantasy and web-spinning," and "his frail respect for the distinction between the truth and invention became even frailer." At a certain point, Williams, too, "ceased to be able to distinguish between truth and untruth." Like other recent books on these two unhappy writers, Windham's memoir is a depressing account of wasted lives and talents. Publishers Weekly.

A long-time friend of both Capote and Williams, Windham gives a compelling portrait of these two important American writers. Part 1, "Footnote to a Friendship," focuses on Capote. Part 2, "As if ...," depicts his more complex friendship with Williams (they collaborated on a play, You Touched Me, and he edited a volume of the playwright's letters). In telling their story, Windham spans four decades of literary life, bringing into his memoir other writers and luminariesGore Vidal, Isak Dinesen, and Andre Gide among them. This useful supplement to the standard biographies and criticism is recommended for collections specializing in modern literature. Michael J. Esposito, formerly with the Special Libs. Assn., Washington, D.C. -- Library Journal.

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