As Truman Capote was looking through The New York Times one morning in November 1959, a headline caught his eye, "Wealthy Farmer, 3 of Family Slain.” For the next five and a half years, until its publication in January 1966, Capote spent time investigating and writing about the events surrounding these murders in his nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood. Capote, however, does more than merely write a journalistic report of the facts surrounding a gruesome, multiple murder. Through his selective depictions of the individuals and circumstances involved, he strongly raises the question: what is actually "normal"?
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"The Search for Normality in Capote's In Cold Blood,"
Draftings In: Vol. 1:
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