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Truman Capote papers regarding "Houston Diary."

Title
Truman Capote papers regarding "Houston Diary."
Author
Capote, Truman, 1924-1984
Publication
1973-1974.
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Additional Authors
  • Bell, Arthur (Arthur Irving)
  • Bradlee, Benjamin C.
  • O'Shea, John, 1929-2014
Description
.46 linear feet (2 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
Access (note)
  • Apply to Manuscripts and Archives Division for access at http://www.nypl.org/mssref
Source (note)
  • Purchased from Bonnie Miskolczy, 2018.
Provenance (note)
  • The papers were found by the seller upon her inheritance of a house in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which had been rented by Truman Capote and John O'Shea in 1976. The scrapbook and a file labelled "Houston Diary" were left behind in a closet.
Call Number
MssCol 24831
OCLC
1089450694
Author
Capote, Truman, 1924-1984, creator.
Title
Truman Capote papers regarding "Houston Diary."
Production
1973-1974.
Type of Content
text
still image
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
sheet
volume
Restricted Access
Apply to Manuscripts and Archives Division for access at http://www.nypl.org/mssref
Summary
Truman Capote (1924-1984) was a celebrated American author whose major works include Other Voices, Other Rooms; Breakfast at Tiffany's; and In Cold Blood. John O'Shea (John Matthew O'Shea, 1929-2014) was a married Long Island banker who became Truman Capote's lover and business manager in the early summer of 1973. The Truman Capote papers regarding "Houston Diary," 1973-1974, consist of materials pertaining to Capote's writing interest in the mass murders committed in Houston, Texas by Dean Corll, discovered in August 1973, and his intended coverage of the 1974 trial of Elmer Wayne Henley, one of Corll's accomplices. Capote's trial coverage was to be syndicated by the Washington Post under the title "Houston Diary," but the project did not come to fruition. The collection, created in part and apparently maintained by John O'Shea, contains letters received by Truman Capote from members of the press; two holograph manuscripts by Truman Capote relating to the Washington Post project; O'Shea's business papers concerning publishing negotiations, chiefly with the Post; a scrapbook of newspaper and magazine clippings; loose clippings; and photographs. Correspondents include Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and Village Voice journalist Arthur Bell.
Provenance
The papers were found by the seller upon her inheritance of a house in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which had been rented by Truman Capote and John O'Shea in 1976. The scrapbook and a file labelled "Houston Diary" were left behind in a closet.
Source
Purchased from Bonnie Miskolczy, 2018.
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Occupation
Authors.
Editors.
Journalists.
Added Author
Bell, Arthur (Arthur Irving), correspondent.
Bradlee, Benjamin C., correspondent.
O'Shea, John, 1929-2014, creator.
Research Call Number
MssCol 24831
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