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To follow up, I chose "In Cold Blood," which was entirely new to me. Given this story basis in hard fact, I figured Capote would treat the material in a straightforward manner, as free of literary structure, voice and artifice as he could manufacture. I figured correctly Capote did his best. But even in matter of factly covering the Clutter murders, he still Capote those charming turns of phrase, those imaginative, evocatively precise similes still spice his prose and delicately render characters and events.
View full sizeHarper Lee (The Birmingham News/Linda Stelter)
And while I am certainly no forensic linguist (I am often surprised to find, once per month when my bank statement arrives, that I myself handwrote a number of questionable checks) I like to think that I am a fairly alert reader my near spotless driving record attests to the fact that very few stop signs escape my notice. So I decided to read "To Kill a Mockingbird" and a work by Capote back to back, and thereby make up my own mind.
a final polish. Hmmmm .
His conclusion may surprise you. Here Gilbert memorable story, originally published in the Mobile, Ala., Press Register. Foster created an academic stir by attributing "A Funeral Elegy" to Shakespeare. She being silent because she keeping a secret, and the secret is that she doesn write at all .
firmly believe, in my amateur forensic linguist view (and also in my heart, where it matters most anyway) that Harper Lee wrote "To Kill a Mockingbird" just like it says on the cover. Even if you want to insist that she didn I think you still have to admit it was written by someone other than Capote. The styles differ too much, according to my reading.
Just as, in this region, you must cheer for either Auburn or Alabama, you must also take an absolute side on this issue. Reclusive as she is, "Nell" doesn offer much support; at least with the likes of, say, Salinger and Kesey, who make occasional appearances (even if Converse Dainty Ox Sale only in the form of salacious biography), there hope that they still writing, that there still something they may yet tell us. Then again, the fastest way to the other side is: Hey, if you written "To Kill a Mockingbird," you might retire from writing, too. I know I would.
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Of course, it fun to play parlor games with these ideas. It fun to speculate how Capote may have helped Lee in places, telling her how a character should say this rather than that, or a scene might play better if written from a different perspective, that sort of thing. And, it equally fun to turn the tables on that game. If Capote and Lee were tight enough for him to edit and shape her drafts, well, how might she have affected his work? Perhaps . hmmm . perhaps it was she who devised "A Christmas Memory," that fundamentally sentimental tale that is nearly singular among Capote writings. Maybe Harper Lee even wrote it, and Capote only did Converse Purple Dusk
It had been two decades since I read Lee novel as a high school assignment, so I was essentially approaching it with a fresh view. I found a story efficiently told, a lesson in narrative that establishes itself only to serve the action Converse For Girls Kids
and the characterizations. Nothing distracts the reader from what happens on the page no poetic diversions, no artsy intrusions, no verbal pyrotechnics. Just minimal language which perfectly suits the structure a powerful story is allowed to tell itself.
I no expert on Truman Capote; I read "Breakfast at Tiffany and "A Christmas Memory" (both of which broke my heart), I had a go at "Answered Prayers," and I seen the movie "Murder by Death" a couple of times. I only know just enough to have formed my own opinion in answer to Did She Or Didn She? even before I read these two books. The whole thing sounds too much akin to the assertion that the 1969 moon landings were faked in a Nevada television studio Why? Any possible answers must be constructed from fringe reasoning.
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This piece appeared in the Press Register on May 13, 2001, on the Sunday Books page. At the time, Jim Gilbert worked at the Bay Minette, Ala., public library.
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