Essay on The Murder Of The Clutter Family

1135 Words Dec 15th, 2015 5 Pages
Although the infamous murder of the Clutter family happened in November of 1959, Capote’s story was not published by Random House until late September of 1965. It was a long process for Capote to gather all the information needed to pull off this story. He traveled to Holcomb shortly after the murder and then he spent the next six years writing and researching the background behind the town, the family, and the two killers. While the book was considered a success by many “In Cold Blood is the work of art, the work of an artist" (Garrett 80), critics believe it was Truman’s last great work. He never published another book after In Cold Blood, and he even felt that the writing of the story took too much out of him: “ ‘it scraped me right down to the marrow of my bones. It nearly killed me’ ” (Clarke 398). Capote never fully recovered after writing the novel and he claimed he put too much of himself into this story. So it would only make sense that if Truman felt he had given everything he could possibly give to the story, he would be deserving of multiple awards. However, that is not what happened. After receiving such high praise from the community, Capote believed he should have received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for In Cold Blood. Naturally Capote was extremely upset and became rather mad at fellow author of The Armies of the Night, Norman Mailer, who took home both prizes: “ ‘ I do something truly innovative, and who gets the prizes? Norman Mailer,…

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