Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How 14 Truman Capote stories vanished — until now

By Reed Tucker - October 24, 2015 |New York Post

When Truman Capote died in 1984, his lawyer Alan Schwartz and editor Joe Fox headed to his 860 United Nations Plaza apartment to sort his belongings.
“We were busy trying to find the manuscript to [unfinished novel] ‘Answered Prayers,’ which we never found,” Schwartz tells The Post.

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As for the rest of the author’s papers, they were skimmed, boxed and given to the New York Public Library, at Capote’s request.

Since then, the 39 boxes have been the property of the Library’s Manuscripts and Archives Division on 42nd Street, stored in a windowless vault beneath Bryant Park.

In 2013, a Swiss editor named Peter Haag was going through the material when he came across several short stories Capote had written in his teens and early 20s. Aside from those that had been published in Capote’s high school literary magazine, none of the stories had seen print.


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