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Truman Capote and his memoirs of Brooklyn Heights

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Truman Capote, an author who is most famous for his novels Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, lived in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, from 1955 to 1965.

Besides the aforementioned titles, he also wrote a short autobiography called Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir, about the neighborhood. The book begins with the line, “I live in Brooklyn. By choice.”

Although he was fond of the years he lived at 70 Willow Street, it wasn’t so much “by choice”. At the time, he needed a cheaper place to live than Manhattan. The owner of the magnificent 1839 house and a friend of his, rented him the basement apartment.

The photos of Capote in Brooklyn and in the house were taken in 1958 by David Attie. Those photos were lost for many years. When they were found, they were published along with his memoirs. Capote gives us precious insight in to what it was like to live in Brooklyn Heights in those years. No visit to Brooklyn Heights can skip a look at the magnificent house, which was recently renovated and sold for millions of dollars. We can tour that!

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