CAPOTE, Truman. In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences. New York: Random House, .
8vo. Original maroon cloth with 'T.C' initials in gold to upper cover and gilt lettering/publisher's device direct to spine; top edge black; pp. [xii], 343, [i]; a very good copy - small staple holes to ffep where tipped-in article has been removed, very slight compression to spine ends; in a near-fine dust jacket with just a little darkening to spine and light nicks to head and foot.
First edition of this classic true crime account, in correct first issue dustjacket, with the "1/66" code on the front flap and "Publishers of the American College Dictionary and the Modern Library" on the rear flap.
Non-fiction novel which details the investigation of Capote and his close friend Harper Lee into the Herbert Clutter murders. It was to become one of the highest selling true crime books of all time. Three film adaptations based upon the book have been produced. The first focuses on the details of the book, whereas the later two explore Capote's fascination with researching the novel. The first adaptation was the 1967 film of the same name by Richard Brooks, who directed and adapted the screenplay. It starred Robert Blake as Perry Smith and Scott Wilson as Richard Hickock. John Forsythe played the investigator (Alvin Dewey), from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, who apprehended the killers. The film, shot in black and white, was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Director, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The second and third film adaptations tell the story of Capote's experiences in writing the story and his subsequent fascination with the murders. Capote (2005) starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote, Clifton Collins, Jr. as Perry Smith, and Catherine Keener as Harper Lee.The film was critically acclaimed, and was nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Hoffman), Best Supporting Actress (Keener), Best Director (Bennett Miller), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Dan Futterman).
A year later the 2006 film Infamous , starring Toby Jones as Capote, Daniel Craig as Smith, and Sandra Bullock as Lee, was released to favorable reviews.