Way Back When ... 1939
On Sept. 30, American writer Truman Capote (1924-1984) was born in New Orleans (as Truman Streckfus Persons). Many don’t know that Capote spent some of his formative years in Fairfield County. On Friday Capote would have turned 92.
In 1939, the Capote family moved to Greenwich, and Truman attended Greenwich High School, where he wrote for both the school's literary journal, The Green Witch, and the school newspaper.
He attended Greenwich High School from 1939-1942, though never graduated. He dropped out at 17 to take a job as a copy boy at The New Yorker. However, Capote credited Greenwich High School English teacher Catherine Woods as being the first person to recognize his writing talent and giving him the encouragement and discipline needed to become a writer. At her prodding, he wrote poems and stores for the school literary magazine, The Green Witch. In 1956, Capote dedicated his famous short story “A Christmas Memory” to Woods.
He took the last name of his stepfather, becoming Truman Capote and was best known for his books “Breakfast at Tiffany's” and “In Cold Blood.”
The year noted author and one-time Fairfield County resident Truman Capote was born in New Orleans.