Books: The Troubles of the Tiny Terror CAPOTE: A BIOGRAPHY

It was hard to see why the late Jacqueline Susann, author of the no-qual best seller Valley of the Dolls, got so upset. All Truman Capote had done was to mention to Johnny Carson, on the Tonight show, that Susann looked "like a truck driver in drag." No offense there. "Bitchy, yes; malicious, no," Capote explained in a letter to Susann's attorney, Louis Nizer, after she filed suit. Capote went on to praise Nizer's own letter to him as well written: "If only your client . . . had your sense of style!" Susann took this badly and caricatured Capote in...

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