• Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 188mm x 15mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 31 January 1994
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 067960085X
  • ISBN 13: 9780679600855
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 169,498

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The tale of a fun-loving, amoral playgirl in New York City is accompanied by "House of Flowers," "A Diamond Guitar," and "A Christmas Memory"

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"Truman Capote is the most perfect writer of my generation. He writes the best sentences word for word, rhythm upon rhythm."--Norman Mailer

Editorial reviews

Excursions into other worlds of other depths have been the source material and trademark of Capo??'s literary career. Breakfast at Tiffany's a novelette and three short stories, is no exception and bears the indelible mark of Capote and an indication of his literary maturation. Holly Golightly, the heroine of the novelette, is the neurotic product of experience as a child-bride, girl-about-New York, pay-as-you-play. Innocent services to a dear Mr. Sally Tomato result in her complicity in gangsterdom. She takes a quick trip to Rio and soon discovers rich and duha?? Senor, forgetting, thereby, the insults wafted by a rich Brazilian of indefinable vocation, a Hollywood VIP, and a lost cat. The short stories, notably House of ?? are more reasonable. A girl from the mountains, who had turned prostitute, gives up all for love; an old prisoner revives his interest in life when Tico Feo, a soft-spoken Cuban boy, plays his diamond guitar; recollections of fruit-cake-making by a young child and his friend, an old woman. The vague undertones of homosexuality and the elements of weirdness are hot as pronounced as in former books. These stories are gentle, delicate and almost sound. (Kirkus Reviews)

Back cover copy

This is a story that was first published in 1958. This wacky hillbilly-turned-playgirl who lives in a Manhattan brownstone shares not only his philosophy of freedom and acceptance of human irregularities but also his fears and anxieties--'the mean reds' she calls them. For her the cure is to jump into a taxi and head for Tiffany's; nothing bad could happen, she says, amid 'that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets, '' and her dream is to have breakfast in that soothing setting.

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Contains: Breakfast at Tiffany's House of Flowers A Diamond Guitar A Christmas Memory