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1952

The Grass Harp

By Truman Capote

Original Publisher: Random House

Current Publisher: Vintage Books

Fiction Finalists That Year:

Fiction Winner That Year: James Jones for From Here to Eternity

Fiction Judges That Year: Robert Gorham Davis, Brendan Gill, Lloyd Morris, Budd Schulberg, Jean Stafford

The Year in Literature:

  • The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  • François Mauriac won the Nobel Prize for literature.

More Information: Capote was a Fiction Judge in 1974, the year that Thomas Pynchon won the Award for Gravity’s Rainbow

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In a way, Truman Capote keeps telling the same story: a young boy loses his parents and is sent to live with weird relatives. Apparently the variations are endless. In this case, he is put in the care of two spinster cousins of his father. One is a business woman who owns half of the small town including the sheriff. The other runs the house, has a half-breed Indian/Black friend who is toothless and becomes the boy's friend, pseudo-mother and spiritual advisor. After an argument between the sisters, the boy, the dreamy cousin and her friend "run away" to a tree house, causing an uproar in the town. But the boy gets a friend for the first time in his life. The cousin gets a sweetheart while the other one gets a heart. It is almost like the Wizard of Oz, but completely enjoyable reading the whole way.
June 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Krueger
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