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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Truman Capote Narrator: Philip Bosco, Amy Irving, and Alton Fitzgerald White Publisher: Random House Format: Unspecified Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN:
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One of art's purest challenges is to translate a human being into words. The New Yorker magazine has met this challenge more often and more successfully than any other modern American journal. Starting with its light fantastic evocations of the glamorous and the idiosyncratic in the '20s and continuing to the present, with complex pictures of such contemporaries as Marlon Brando and Richard Pryor, The New Yorker's Profiles have presented readers with a vast and brilliant portrait gallery of our day and age. These literary-journalistic investigations into character and accomplishment, motive and madness, beauty and ugliness, are unrivaled in their range, variety of style, and embrace of humanity.

When they were first published, these biographies brought insight, amusement, understanding, and often, joy or sorrow to those who read them. Gathered here, in Life Stories, they provide an album of our era, a rich and diverse appraisal of some of the most prominent members of an entire century's cast.

A Pryor Love (Richard Pryor), by Hilton Als
A Duke in His Domain (Marlon Brando), by Truman Capote
Isadora (Isadora Duncan), by Janet Flanner
Lady with a Pencil (Katharine White), by Nancy Franklin
Nobody Better, Better Than Nobody (Heloise), by Ian Frazier
The Coolhunt (Baysie Wightman and DeeDee Gordon), by Michael Gladwell
Wunderkind (Floyd Patterson), by A.J. Liebling
Mr. Hunter's Grave (George H. Hunter), by Joseph Mitchell
Show Dog (Biff Truesdale), by Susan Orlean
How Do You Like it Now, Gentlemen? (Ernest Hemingway), by Lillian Ross
The Man Who Walks on Air (Philippe Petit), by Calvin Tomkins
Covering the Cops (Edna Buchanan), by Calvin Trillin Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 11/18/2013

    " I wish I could write half as well as these writers. Brilliant profiles, a huge inspiration to my own writing. Even if you're not a writer you should really enjoy the stories of some of these people. Some of my favourite profiles were of Marlon Brando, Steve Blass and Ricky Jay, among others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 10/19/2013

    " These are amazing. I recommend that everyone keep this on your nighttable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Tiojakin | 5/22/2013

    " By far, the best compilation of profiles :)) LOVE IT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/25/2012

    " These are examples of an amazing genre. I love to read the New Yorker's profiles when I have time. Joseph Mitchell, the author of Mr. Hunter's Grave," has a collection out entitled Up in the Old Hotel, which I highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 8/8/2012

    " There is something in here for everyone. A book to be read in tandem. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 7/24/2012

    " The Al Gore profile was worth the price of the entire book. Too bad the others that were chosen were not nearly as memorable or as good as in recent New Yorkers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anabelle DARIO | 11/20/2011

    " I'm in to this now. Currently reading on Ernest Hemmingway. Interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 10/9/2011

    " I'm reading this for school, which is why it doesn't get five stars. Good stuff though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/1/2010

    " These profiles are my reason for reading The New Yorker mostly, and here are a bunch of the good ones, all collected in a book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilie Frechie | 5/1/2009

    " Read the one about Bush. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 12/26/2007

    " Want to know how to write a good profile? Here you go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 12/8/2006

    " A good cross-section of the book, but the e-book version would be better if it had the original pictures in the articles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manny Napoli | 7/7/2006

    " some great stories in here and allot of people I've never heard of. Allot of stranger then fiction material, but I always enjoy reading about Hemingway, people impersonating Russian royalty, and light-skinned-black-literary-critics that spend their lives evading their race. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/2/2005

    " Essays of individuals, some famous, that have previously appeared in The New Yorker magazine written by Malcolm Gladwell, Calvin Trillin and other illustrious writers. Very enjoyable. "

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About the Author
Author Truman CapoteTruman Capote was born in New Orleans on September 30, 1924. He rose to international prominence in 1948 with the publication of his debut novel, Other Voices, Other Rooms. His other works of fiction include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, A Tree of Night, The Grass Harp, and Summer Crossing, the author’s long-lost first novel, which was rediscovered in 2004 and published by Random House in 2005. His nonfiction novel In Cold Blood is widely considered one of the greatest books of the twentieth century. Capote twice won the O. Henry Memorial Short Story Prize and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died on August 25, 1984, shortly before his sixtieth birthday.