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Truman Capote Typewriter Gets $8,281

Surprisingly, typewriters were-not Capote's first choice for writing.

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April 23, 2012
By James Massey

(Source: WhatSellsBest.com) - A typewriter, reportedly belonging to famed writer Truman Capote, has fetched $8,281 on eBay. But surprisingly, typewriters were-not Capote's first choice for writing.
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Described by the seller as; "The personal typewriter of Mr. Truman Capote (and) probably used in the writing of In Cold Blood." The eBay auction included an interesting story with a notarized letter documenting the typewriter's travels prior to arriving in the sellers possession.

Short version of the story; the seller acquired the typewriter from an individual who stated; "(The typewriter was) given to me by Mr. Capote. I picked him up from the airport in Kansas City, Missouri several times and drove him to Holcomb, Kansas. Mr. Capote was getting information on a crime that took place there for a book he was writing." See full story.

But, typewriters were-not Capote's first choice for writing. In interview with Dick Cavett in 1971 he stated that he preferred writing in longhand (for the statement, see the 4 minute point of the video below).

Also, in an interview in 1957 by Patti Hill for the ''Paris Review." When asked about his writing habits, Capote stated: "No, I don't use a typewriter. Not in the beginning. I write my first version in longhand (pencil). Then I do a complete revision, also in longhand."

For more photos and information see **auction listing #150792224207 on eBay.

Capote states that he prefers writing longhand (Source: Youtube)


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