Capote’s best known work may be “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” set in New York City, and he died in 1984 in Los Angeles, but the writer was originally a son of the South. He was born September 30, 1924, in New Orleans and was raised in Alabama. Several literary sites dedicated to him can be found in both of those areas. He liked to say that he was born in the Hotel Monteleone, and his mother did live there during her pregnancy, but he was actually born in a hospital. His mother eventually abandoned him, and her sisters in Monroevile, Alabama, took him in. Capote spent his childhood there, running around and making up stories with his next-door neighbor Harper Lee. Pictured is the historical marker on the site of that former home, and the Courthouse Museum in Monroeville has an exhibit dedicated to his time there that includes 12 handwritten letters to his favorite aunt and his baby blanket.
Each November, the town holds a Fruitcake Festival at the museum in memory of Capote’s aunt Marie Faulk Rudisill, who was known as the “Fruitcake Lady” around town for her cookbook “Fruitcake: Heirloom Recipes and Memories of Truman Capote and Sook.”
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