New York: Random House, 1956. First edition. Original green publisher's cloth with gilt to spine and front board. Signed by the author on the limitation page and housed in the original acetate jacket and original red slipcase with number to spine.
A Christmas narrative by Capote, who draws on his Southern roots to create a rich and interesting world with great precision. Despite their poverty, young Buddy and his older cousin celebrate the holidays each year by working to collect pecans and whiskey to make fruitcakes. These cakes, intended to be shared with others, are sent to friends, relatives, acquaintances and strangers (including public figures like President Roosevelt). Year by year, Capote shows us Buddy's maturing into adulthood, through rites of passage like cutting his own Christmas tree and getting drunk when he helps his cousin finish the bottle of whiskey for the cakes. By the story's end, Buddy is in military school, his cousin faces hardships of old age, and Buddy learns about mortality and loss. Adapted for television and radio, Capote's story has become a holiday classic valued by families all over the world. Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #2652)