A House on the Heights
By Truman Capote
Introduction by George Plimpton
Truman Capote spent several years in the 1950s and 1960s in Brooklyn Heights, once telling a reporter: "It's the only place to live in New York." George Plimpton writes that "a love of history, gossip, character, and a skill at putting all this to words...brings Brooklyn Heights to life as vividly as any landscape Truman ever undertook to survey." Long out of print, Truman Capote's evocative essay on Brooklyn Heights brings to life the landscape that was for the author a world of grand homes and dimly recalled gentility, of mysterious warehouses and menacing street thugs, of antiques and dowagers, a garden overhung with wisteria, and the famous Esplanade—all rendered in his deft and stylish prose and with obvious affection for the neighborhood. Originally commissioned for Holiday magazine in the late 1950s by John Knowles (later the author of A Separate Peace), the essay remained one of his favorites—especially its surprise ending.
About the Author
Truman Capote (1924-1984), the novelist, journalist, and celebrated man-about-town, is best known as the author of Other Voices, Other Rooms, The Grass Harp, Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood.
George Plimpton (1927-2003), the originator of "participatory journalism," was the editor of the Paris Review. His books include Paper Lion, Out of My League, The Bogey Man, Open Net, The Curious Case of Sidd Finch and The X Factor.