New York: Random House, 1958. First edition. A Near Fine copy of the book with a faint dampstain affecting the rear paste-down and end paper, previous owner's name on the front end paper. In a Very Good dust jacket that is generally bright and attractive, but that suffers from a dampstain on the spine and part of the rear panel, mostly visible from the verso. Basis for the Oscar-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn playing Holly Golightly, Capote's admitted favorite literary creation.
Long before Hepburn graced the screen as Holly Golightly, Capote was observing the New York socialites around him and gathering inspiration for the character who would help define his career. "Like every fiction, Holly Golightly was a composite of multiple nonfictions. She took her dreams of society from Truman's own mother, her existential anxieties from Capote himself, but her personality, which seemed so intimately hers, would come from the tight-knit coterie of Manhattan divas Truman so flagrantly adored. He called them his swans. For Capote, they were it: the most glamorous and often the most powerful girlfriends in town" (Wasson). From these origins, Capote brought Holly into the literary world, changing it forever with her unique blend of independence, raw ambition, and vulnerable elegance. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #2221)