DescriptionTruman Capote. In Cold Blood. A true account of a multiple murder and its consequences. New York: Random House, . First edition. Signed by the author to the front blank recto, tipped in by the publisher. Octavo. 343, [1, blank] pages. Publisher's maroon cloth stamped in gilt, spine stamped in gilt and silver, original illustrated dust jacket by S. Neil Fujita. Foot of spine just pushed. Maroon endpapers. Internally clean and tight, top edge trimmed and stained black, other edges rough trimmed; pages 222-223 opened somewhat roughly along the tail edge. Dust jacket unclipped ($5.95) with code 1/66 to the front flap; slight toning, but even and attractive, minor edgewear, a few small and light scuffs to the back panel. Near fine or better.
In Cold Blood remains one of the best-selling true crime books in history, praised for its copious detail, varied perspectives, and eloquent style. Though the book does differ on some details of the case, it is still considered a pioneering effort in the true crime and New Journalism genres, born of extensive research and investigations performed by Capote and his childhood best friend, Nelle Harper Lee (author of To Kill a Mockingbird), as the case unfolded.
Capote had considered film adaptations from the beginning, so much so that his acquaintance, Richard Brooks, was given early drafts of the story before it was even completed. Brooks ultimately purchased the film rights for an estimated $400,000 and directed the movie adaptation the following year, starring the relatively unknown Robert Blake and Scott Wilson. The film was a critical and box office success, nominated for four Academy Awards, and was recently selected for preservation by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
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