Scope and arrangement
This collection contains letters written by Truman Capote to his friend and literary colleague Pearl Kazin between 1949 and 1956 while Capote was living in Taormina, Sicily. These letters are primarily personal in nature, and contain information on Capote's isolated life in Sicily, the handful of relationships in that limited orbit, the feeling and spirit of his domestic life, and his own sense of distance from the New York literary scene. Capote also mentions work he's doing, particularly The Grass Harp - both novel and play - as well as his responses to books he had been reading and reactions to such literary developments as the Pulitzer and Guggenheim awards, publications by friends, and reviews of his own work.
Letters are arranged chronologically.