Lillie Mae Faulk, presently Lillie Mae Persons, finally was content, even happy with her marrage to Archulus Persons. Even if their honeymoon was cut short because of the lack of money Archulus had, or that many people and even her relatives disliked him up in Monroeville AL , she was happy with the outcome. On this day Truman Streckfus Persons (Streckfus from Archulus workplace and Truman after Archulus old friend from military school) was born at 3:00 PM ET, September 30th 1924 in Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, LA. Lillie and Archulus were unaware their infant son was to become famous a writer named Truman Capote.
Lillie Mae actually married Archulus to get away from Monroeville AL, where she was raised, to see the bright lights and the big city. Archulus worked as a salesman for Steckfus Excursion Boats. He commuted to St. Louis in the summer to advertise. Archulus only had two free months in his position: March and August. In those months he performed as a magicianeven in Monroeville! This did not appeal to Lillie Mae or her family. He never had a steady job in those months and made Lillie Mae feel embarrassed and forgotten.
On the other hand Capote lived with assorted elderly relatives in Monroeville. He felt abandoned despite the happy little blond boy seen in Capote's photos when he was young. The lack of parental attention could explain Capote's desire for celebrity status which he wrote about and revealed in his later years. Capotes mother, Lillie Mae, sent him only suits to wear. Capotes peers thought he was a sissy and a wimp. Capote was regularly beaten up by young Nelle Lee, more commonly known by her middle nameHarper. Harper Lee would later write the book To Kill A Mockingbird. Capote would be portrayed as the nerdy Dill Harris of Meridian County.
Meanwhile, Capote's parents didnt relate very well to each other. Lillie Mae was constantly having affairs and Archulus kept count as if it was a contest. He kept pestering her about her affairs after they unofficially parted. Then Lillie Mae met Joe Capote. Joseph Garcia Capote was a man she met at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans. Capote was about to go to New York, New York and acquired a ticket for her as well. Lillie Mae and Joe Capote both divorced their spouses, got married and went to New York.
Capote was sent to New York to see his father at ten years old. He loved the city. Capote lived on Manhattan Island on Orchard Drive and showed a strength in writing. At twenty his writing became more of a passion than a mere skill. Capote then got a job in the art office of the New Yorker magazine. He wrote little pieces of writing that would appear time to time in the magazine. He was fired from the New Yorker which actually helped freed him to sharpen his writing skills. Capote went back to New Orleans and lived in the French Quarter for some time and began Other Voices, Other Rooms. He had also tried painting images instead of verbally depicting them. Everyone agreed this was a terrible ideaincluding himself. He then established that the only place he ever wanted to be was home in New York. He submitted a piece called "Miriam" to a magazine.
For the most part he traveled around, saw the sights, and brainstormed until he wanted to experiment with screenwritng in the 1960's. He tried screenwriting for a brief time and wrote "The Grass Harp". By this time he had written "Breakfast At Tiffanys". He traveled more and lounged with the celebrities, something he always wanted to do. In the late 60s Capote pioneered the "Non-Fiction Novel" as he called it. In Cold Blood was said to be Capote's best piece and it was one of his "Non-Fiction novels". In the 70's Capote wrote about the private lives of celebrities for and used names. This angered them and publicly humiliated for being a homosexual. In the 80s, Truman Capote experimented with drugs and alcohol. By the time he had finally broken his addiction he was at a celebritys house in Los Angeles when he suffered from a heart attack and passed away at 12:21 PM, August 25, 1984.