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Title: Breakfast at Tiffany's: A short novel and three stories
Description: New York, Random House, 1958. First Edition with "First Printing" stated on the copyright page. Attractively bound in finely woven yellow cloth stamped in gilt and black on the spine. Very clean and tight throughout with light blue topstaining with some dust foxing and three light stains on the fore-edges. In a complete, original dust jacket designed by Ismar David with the original price of $3.50 at the top of the inside front flap and the date of "10/58" at the bottom of the flap. With fading to the orange spine which has made the title all but invisible but which shows "Truman Capote" and "Random House' in bold black ink. Light soiling to the rear panel which features a charcoal drawing of Capote. The inside flaps are quite white and crisply printed. Overall, a handsome coph in the scarce dust jacket. The 3 stories included are: House of Flowers, A Diamond Guitar, and A Christmas Memory. Breakfast at Tiffany's is a novella by Truman Capote published in 1958. The main character, Holly Golightly, is one of Capote's best-known creations. In autumn 1943, the unnamed narrator becomes friends with Holly Golightly, who calls him "Fred", after her older brother. The two are both tenants in a brownstone apartment in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Holly (age 18ñ19) is a country girl turned New York café society girl. As such, she has no job and lives by socializing with wealthy men, who take her to clubs and restaurants, and give her money and expensive presents; she hopes to marry one of them. According to Capote, Golightly is not a prostitute but an "American geisha". Holly likes to shock people with carefully selected tidbits from her personal life or her outspoken viewpoints on various topics. Over the course of a year, she slowly reveals herself to the narrator, who finds himself fascinated by her curious lifestyle. The novella was loosely adapted into the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn and directed by Blake Edwards. The movie was transposed to circa 1960 rather than the 1940s, the period of the novella. In addition to this, at the end of the film the protagonist and Holly fall in love and stay together, whereas in the novella there is no love affair whatsoever ó Holly just leaves the United States and the narrator has no idea what happened to her since then, except for a photograph of her with a tribe in Africa. Capote originally envisioned Marilyn Monroe as Holly, and lobbied the studio for her, but the film was done at Paramount, and though Monroe did independent films, including for her own production company, she was still under contract with Twentieth Century Fox, and had just completed Let's Make Love with Yves Montand. (Wikipedia) .

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Price: US$ 750.00 Seller: Brainerd F. Phillipson, Rare Books
- Book number: B415

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