Truman Capote and the Meanings of Kansas

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October 22, 2014, 10:00 AM CT

Presented by Dave Tell

Truman Capote's 1966 book In Cold Blood rattled the state of Kansas. Kansans were so enraptured by Capote's version of the 1959 murder of the Clutter family that one historian even called the western half of the state "Capote country." Through an exploration of editorial and newspaper columns, this talk reveals that the reasons people cared about Capote varied by region. However, Kansans always read In Cold Blood on their own terms. When William Allen White claimed that Capote "recreated our Middle West," he was simply wrong. Kansans refused to let Capote have the last word on the meaning of Kansas.

Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
204 S Main St
Wichita, KS 67202-3716
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Sponsored by: Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

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Abby Miller
(316) 265-9314