In Cold Blood

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Author: Truman Capote

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781588361653

Category: True Crime

Page: 432

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National Bestseller On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

Gesellschaftskritik in Truman Capotes In Cold Blood

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Author: Natalie Lewis

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638133052

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 19

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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2000 im Fachbereich Amerikanistik - Literatur, Note: 2+, Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Institut fuer Anglistik und Amerikanistik), Veranstaltung: Proseminar: From Novel to Film, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Einleitung: Truman Capote als Gesellschaftskritiker Im Jahre 1966 veröffentlichte der Autor Truman Capote nach einer mehrjährigen Recherche seinen Roman In Cold Blood, der als non-fiction novel den authentischen Fall einer grauenvollen Ermordung einer vierköpfigen Farmerfamilie in Kansas schildert. Durch eine breite panoramatische Darstellung wird nicht nur die Lebenswelt der Opfer und Täter, sondern auch ein Gesamtbild der Gesellschaft entworfen. Das Werk wirft zahlreiche Fragen zum Wesen der amerikanischen Gesellschaft und ihrem Rechtssystem, sowie dem Umgang mit Verbrechen und Verbrechern in den USA auf. Als unbeteiligter Informationsvermittler übt der Schriftsteller keine direkte Kritik. Er lässt die einzelnen Szenen im Roman für sich sprechen, ohne interpretative Ansätze hinzuzufügen, um die objektive Wirklichkeit zu präsentieren. Aus einer Stoffsammlung von über 6000 Seiten wählte Capote allerdings gezielt bestimmte Elemente aus, um die Doppeldeutigkeit des American way of life zu entlarven und folglich die Nachdenklichkeit und das Mitgefühl des Lesers zu wecken. [...]

Truman Capote and the Legacy of "In Cold Blood"

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Author: Ralph F. Voss

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817358315

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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Truman Capote and the Legacy of 'In Cold Blood' is the anatomy of the origins of an American literary landmark and its legacy.

Kaltblütig

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Author: Truman Capote

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 3036992340

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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Im November 1959 wird in Holcomb, Kansas, die vierköpfige Familie Clutter brutal ermordet. Wenige Wochen später werden die Täter Dick Hickock und Perry Smith auf der Flucht geschnappt. Truman Capote erfährt aus der New York Times von dem Verbrechen und beschließt, am Tatort zu recherchieren. Er spricht mit Bekannten und Freunden der Familie, mit der Polizei. Schließlich erhält er Gelegenheit, mit den beiden Mördern zu reden. Mit der Zeit gelingt es ihm, so viel Nähe zu ihnen herzustellen, dass sie ihm präzise Innenansichten ihrer Seele erlauben. Fast sechs Jahre nach ihrer Tat begleitet er sie bis an den Galgen. Capotes herausragende Rekonstruktion eines Mordes wurde eine Sensation und begründete ein neues literarisches Genre: die "non-fiction novel", den Tatsachenroman. In einer atemberaubenden Sprache erzählt er, wie aus Menschen Mörder werden. Mit Kaltblütig landete Capote einen internationalen Bestseller.

Truman Capote's Nonfiction Novel "In Cold Blood" and Bennett Miller's Biopic "Capote"

A Comparison

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Author: Michael Helten

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640526155

Category:

Page: 104

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Examination Thesis from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1, University of Freiburg, language: English, abstract: When In Cold Blood was first published, critics had a hard time categorizing the book. Capote himself held that he had written a "nonfiction novel (Capote in Plimpton 1966: 2)" and that he had thereby created an altogether new genre. In the subtitle, Capote stresses his central claim regarding this new genre, assuring the reader that what she is about to delve into is "a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences (Capote 2000 [1966])." As will be seen in the opening chapter, criticism of In Cold Blood has therefore to a great degree revolved around Capote's and the book's adherence to this assertion of truth. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles (SOED) lists as the three first entries under the head word "true" true /tru: / 1 Steadfast in allegiance, loyal; faithful, constant (...). 2 Honest, honourable, upright, virtuous; straightforward, sincere (...). 3 Of a statement, report, etc.: consistent with fact; conforming with reality (...). The following investigation of In Cold Blood and of the biopic based on Capote's work on the book, Bennett Miller's Capote (2005), will proceed along the lines of these three aspects of the definition, questioning Capote's claim of rendering a "true account." The genre chapter and large parts of the ensuing discussion of In Cold Blood will be especially concerned with the definition's third aspect, In Cold Blood's consistency with fact and its conformity with reality. The question will be raised as to whether or not a true account of real events is possible at all, and in what ways Capote and other writers of New Journalism, as the genre is most frequently called today, have tried to achieve such true accounts.

Truman Capote's In Cold Blood - New Journalism as an Instrument of Social Criticism

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Author: Natalie Lewis

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638507548

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 28

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Seminar paper from the year 2004 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,7, Free University of Berlin (JFK), course: American Culture of the Sixties, 17 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: In 1965, one of America's most controversial authors, Truman Capote, published his non-fiction novelIn Cold Blood,an account of the 1959 murder of four members of a Kansas farming family. The work does not only give a broad panoramatic description of the world of the victims and their killers but also captures the image of a society standing on the verge of unknown challenges and threats. The American post-war decade was marked by a stable economy, widespread prosperity, social mobility and conformity. As President Eisenhower pursued the Cold War abroad, American society was concerned with security at home. The young generation of the 1950s conformed to traditional family values; marriage and birth rates reached a record high. Many citizens could now afford to obtain the American dream: a house in the suburbs, at least one car and a television set. The ideal middle class family, as it was epitomized in the media, consisted of a providing father, a cheerful homemaker and mother, and disciplined children. In the 1960s, a climate of rebellion, confrontation and upheaval altered the consensus which had dominated the nation throughout the Eisenhower era. The country suddenly found itself in an ongoing crisis. Social reform movements challenged established traditions and moral values. American culture was profoundly transformed as the 1960s created a more open society in which social structures were questioned, trust in the government dispelled, free expression expanded and counter-cultural life styles emerged. In his novelIn Cold Blood,Capote questioned the essence of American society, its judicial system and the way in which crime and criminals are dealt with. He effectively used the non-fiction novel as an instrument of implicit social criticism. By applying literary techniques to non-fictional material, the author looked beyond the surface of given facts and turned the Clutter case into an allegory of American social life.In Cold Bloodexposed the fragility of American family values and revealed the ambiguity of the American way of life by contrasting middle class affluence with an economic underworld of deprived Americans.

Ideology in Cold Blood

A Reading of Lucan's Civil War

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Author: Shadi BARTSCH,Shadi Bartsch

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674020559

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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Is Lucan's brilliant and grotesque epic Civil War an example of ideological poetry at its most flagrant, or is it a work that despairingly proclaims the meaninglessness of ideology? Shadi Bartsch offers a startlingly new answer to this split debate on the Roman poet's magnum opus. Reflecting on the disintegration of the Roman republic in the wake of the civil war that began in 49 B.C., Lucan (writing during the grim tyranny of Nero's Rome) recounts that fateful conflict with a strangely ambiguous portrayal of his republican hero, Pompey. Although the story is one of a tragic defeat, the language of his epic is more often violent and nihilistic than heroic and tragic. And Lucan is oddly fascinated by the graphic destruction of lives, the violation of human bodies--an interest paralleled in his deviant syntax and fragmented poetry. In an analysis that draws on contemporary political thought ranging from Hannah Arendt and Richard Rorty to the poetry of Vietnam veterans, as well as on literary theory and ancient sources, Bartsch finds in the paradoxes of Lucan's poetry both a political irony that responds to the universally perceived need for, yet suspicion of, ideology, and a recourse to the redemptive power of storytelling. This shrewd and lively book contributes substantially to our understanding of Roman civilization and of poetry as a means of political expression. Table of Contents: Preface Introduction The Subject under Siege Paradox, Doubling, and Despair Pompey as Pivot The Will to Believe History without Banisters Notes Bibliography Index Reviews of this book: The problem of Lucan's stance is notorious, and it is the focus of Bartsch's book...She makes her own gripping contribution to the dossier of Lucanian despair in her first two chapters; but she believes that ultimately such interpretations sell the poet short, as an artist and a person. Her Lucan, both inside and outside his poem, is a Sartrean existentialist or a Rortyan moral ironist, who accepts the evanescence of traditional moral and political verities but who behaves as if his ideology matters anyhow and makes his choice regardless. Hence the "ideology in cold blood" of her title: Lucan knows, and spellbindingly demonstrates, that Liberty is a cipher, but he commits himself to it none the less. Bartsch has put her finger on a key issue, and her passionate book is a useful check to the establishment of a new orthodoxy on Lucan. --Denis Feeney, Times Literary Supplement Reviews of this book: This could be that elusive creature, an Important Book. --Gideon Nisbet, Bryn Mawr Classical Review Reviews of this book: This is a stimulating work, which I find has provoked many questions about Lucan's poem, about liberal irony, and about history...The strengths of this book lie in its brevity, in its integration of detailed analyses with broader theoretical issues, and in its accessibility. It addresses a question which is of relevance to not only Lucanians, or Latinists, or classicists, but anyone who thinks about the politics of literature. --Ellen O'Gorman, Classical World Reviews of this book: Bartsch goes far beyond the boundaries of Lucan's Civil War itself. Readers interested in Latin literature in general, in the civil wars that ended the Republic, in the political context of the first centuries B.C.E. and C.E., in questions of human response to political repression long after Lucan, and those interested in Lucan himself as poet and conspirator, will want to read Ideology in Cold Blood. Bartsch has taken two prevailing camps of criticism--Lucan as "nihilist" and Lucan as "partisan"--and proposed an elegantly argued third alternative: Lucan as "political ironist." --Choice Reviews of this book: Ideology in Cold Blood provides a strikingly dissident approach to Lucan in that it aims to weld together a text-oriented focus, a political reading of the Civil War and a discussion of Lucan's political activities, i.e. his involvement in the Pisonian conspiracy. Bartsch's decision to include a biographical approach in her analysis should not be taken for bland naivety coming at a time when influential scholars on Lucan have come to reject this approach for the blatant fallacies that it entails. Bartsch offers something completely novel in this area, for it is entirely obvious that her sympathies do not lie with forms of historical reconstructionism in which the biographical data are simply made to correlate with the presumed political message of the poem...[Bartsch's book] will surely be ranked among the best works on the poet and I strongly recommend it to scholars interested in the literature of the Principate and in the role of Roman political epic. --Marc Kleijwegt, Scholia

In Cold Blood: A Brother’s Sworn Vengeance

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Author: Julie Shaw

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0007542259

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Previously published as Our Vinnie. The infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford, a hotbed of crime, drink and drugs, was a law unto itself in the ’70s. So when one of their own was wronged in any way, the community always had its own way of dealing with it.

In Cold Blood - Part 1 of 3: A Brother’s Sworn Vengeance

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Author: Julie Shaw

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0008114498

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Previously published as Our Vinnie. In Cold Blood can either be read as a full-length eBook or in 3 serialised eBook-only parts. This is PART 1 of 3. You can read Part 1 three weeks ahead of release of the full-length eBook and paperback.

In Cold Blood

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Author: Mark Dawson

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

ISBN: 9781503944237

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Beatrix Rose was the most dangerous assassin in an off-the-books government kill squad until her former boss betrayed her, her husband was gunned down, and her daughter kidnapped. A decade later, Beatrix emerges from the Hong Kong underworld with payback on her mind. It's a blood feud she didn't start but she is going to finish. There are six names on her Kill List. With one already crossed off, Beatrix sets out to find her second target, a mercenary being held hostage by Somali terrorists. Can she infiltrate the most dangerous failed state on the planet and scrub him off the List, too? Packed with explosive action and page-turning suspense, In Cold Blood is the first novel in Mark Dawson's bestselling Beatrix Rose series.

Life in Cold Blood

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Author: David Attenborough

Publisher: Ebury Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Amphibians

Page: 288

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Reptiles and amphibians ruled the world for nearly 200 million years and today there are still over 12,500 of them. Some are huge, the deadliest creatures on earth. Some are tiny, among the strangest to be found anywhere. Together they not only outnumber mammals or birds but in their colourful variety and extraordinary behaviour, they far surpass them. So where did these ancient creatures come from? How have they transformed themselves into the bizarre and beautiful forms that are alive today? And what's the secret of their epic success? InLife in Cold Blood, David traces the story of their evolution and overturns the myth that these creatures are just primitive killers to reveal them for what they truly are.

In Cold Blood

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Author: Anne Rooney

Publisher: Ransom Publishing

ISBN: 1781271798

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 80

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Ava has lost her memory, she is confused. Does that explain why she is in Kosovo with no idea why she is there or how she got there? Her quest draws her to new - and dangerous - friends.is part of the Vampire Dawn series, published by Ransom Publishing, a specialist publisher for reluctant readers and struggling readers. Vampire Dawn is ideal for readers aged 12+ with a reading age of 9+.

In Cold Blood

The Environmental Effects of the Pet Trade in Herpetofauna in the United States : [a Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment for the Degree of Master of Science, Natural Resources and Environment] ...

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Author: Cheri DeRosia,Judith Lehrer,Kathleen Sirois,Christine Tsiang

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Pet industry

Page: N.A

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In Cold Blood

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Author: K. J. Dahlen,Wicked Muse

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781545257555

Category:

Page: 216

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BRATVA BLOOD BROTHERS SERIES BOOK TWO When she was found at age four on the streets of New Orleans with no memories of who she was, Pepper had been left in a void. Years pass and when she goes into a gallery that Mikial Bannonkov owns to view a painting of a little girl with silver curls, it brings back memories. Memories she doesn't know if she can trust. Memories of a murder... Moments later, a window shatters from a bullet and it plunges Pepper into another nightmare. Mikial offers her protection and helps her to unravel her past. A past someone doesn't want her to remember. Mikial is with Pepper every step of the way as she uncovers all the secrets and lies of her life.