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Overview

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Author

Truman Capote

Year Published

1966

Type

Novel

Genre

Historical

Perspective and Narrator

In Cold Blood is told in the third-person point of view by an omniscient narrator. Capote created what he termed the first "nonfiction novel" with this work.

Tense

In Cold Blood is told primarily in the past tense.

About the Title

As Capote was writing In Cold Blood, he would periodically show small parts of the manuscript to Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, the accused murderers and primary characters, with whom he corresponded regularly. Smith didn't like the title because he felt the murders hadn't been committed in cold blood; that is, without emotion. Capote told Smith the title had a double meaning, but he wouldn't tell him what it was. Capote felt capital crimes should be tried in federal courts, and those found guilty should receive life sentences. At the time of Smith and Hickock's trial, however, many states, including Kansas, did not enforce such sentences. The book's title thus expressed not only the grisly murder of a family but also Capote's position on capital punishment.

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