Banned Books Week: 'In Cold Blood' by Truman Capote

Classic 1966 true crime book

In Cold Blood book coverThe village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call "out there."

So opens the book In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, a book about the murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas in November 1959.  Six years in the making and with some research help from Capote's childhood friend Harper Lee, it was originally published in four parts in New Yorker magazine in late 1965 and as a book in January 1966.

Highly controversial and an immediate best seller, it was also the last book Capote wrote. It is frequently credited with being the first modern non-fiction novel, sometimes referred to as faction, although it was called New Journalism by the author. He said that he wanted to bring the art of the novelist together with the techniques of journalism. After 48 years, many more murders, and accounts of atrocities, In Cold Blood continues to be a riveting and disturbing book.

On Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m., the Cleveland Park Library will show excerpts of the 1967 Oscar-nominated  movie adaptation of In Cold Blood, written and directed by Richard Brooks.   

Available as an electronic book as well as hard copy.