Reporting: In a Novel Way

Rare is the reporter who does not dream of some day writing a novel. Novelist Truman Capote, on the other hand, yearns to report. For a long time he wanted to raise reporting to an art by re-creating some event with a novelist's insight, sympathy and exactitude. The trouble was, he could not find the right topic. Then one day in 1959, he was leafing through the New York Times when he noticed a headline, EISENHOWER APPOINTEE SLAIN. He read the story of the senseless killing of Wheat Farmer Herbert Clutter and his...

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