My Heroes Have Always Been... Writers

My Heroes Have Always Been... Writers

everyone has their own reasons for choosing their favorites

Everyone who really knows me--  which, in fact, is very few people--  is aware that I have been a die-hard Capote fan for decades.  So much a fan, in fact, that I named one of my children for one of his most famous novels.  I have always found his fiction to be fascinating, and his nonfiction to be even better.  While In Cold Blood is nothing short of a literary masterpiece, it was Capote's fiction that I'd found first. 

 

Much of Truman Capote's material came from his own experiences.  Breakfast at Tiffany's seems to have been a rare exception.  The first lines of this story drew me in:  "I am always drawn back to places where I have lived..."*  Past and present, I have always been able to relate to that line--  for whatever reason, good or bad or no reason at all, looking back with the need to return to familiarity. 

 

I think everyone who has a favorite writer or favorite books has a reason for their choices.  For me, it is usually a matter of being drawn to good writing or original writing styles.  Capote has never disappointed when it came to good writing;  and I don't think there are have been very many writers in recent generations who can measure up to his abilities.  Some writers produced something excellent, but were unable to repeat that excellence a second time;  others produce something great, and are never heard from again.  Carson McCullers is an example of the former;  Harper Lee is a good example of the latter.  Capote is definitely an exception--  from collections of short stories to full-length novels, from magazine pieces to works of nonfiction, his unstoppable talent continued for nearly four decades.  He was, without a doubt, the greatest writer of our era.