If Capote the writer has been eclipsed in the public mind by Capote the Hollywood movie character, no one is more to blame than Capote himself. An incurable glory hog, Capote lived as much of his life as he could in the limelight, hopping onto the sofa of any TV talk show host who would have him and jetting around the world in the company of glamorous women from Babe Paley, wife of CBS President Bill Paley, to Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy. Capote, in his way, was a reality TV star before there was reality TV, always on stage, gossiping and backstabbing, forever plotting to push other people off the island.
But here’s the rub: while you can buy an e-book about the movie based on Truman Capote’s book, you can’t buy an e-book of the work itself. Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is not yet available in an e-book edition.
Carolyn Kellogg on the cultural preoccupation with Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the strange role of publishing rights in an increasingly digital world.
Source: Los Angeles Times