Lot 652: ALS signed "T. Capote," one page both sides, 7 x 10, personal letterhead, November 23, 1964. Letter to William Gray, in full: "Bless you for writing me such a kind letter! I greatly appreciate your interest and tender concern. The fact is, I have been working, and working steadily and single-mindedly, on a new book for the past five, almost six years. Now it is almost finished. The title is: 'In Cold Blood'; it is quite a long book (for me), and I think it is good—and I hope you will too. Again, thank you. I am a most fortunate writer to have a reader-friend like you." In fine condition, with a few light scattered spots of soiling. Accompanied by an unsigned photo of Capote and the original mailing envelope, addressed in Capote's own hand. Inspired by a short mention of a multiple-murder in rural Kansas, Capote devoted nearly six years of his life to researching and writing his groundbreaking 'non-fiction novel.' Upon its publication in 1966, In Cold Blood achieved worldwide literary acclaim, making Capote one of the most highly sought writers of his day. A superb letter with explicit reference to his most famous work, written as he labored to finish it.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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