Truman Capote’s “The Grass Harp and other Stories,” is lyrical, mystical, spiritual, blissful and mournful. The characters in the novel and short stories are amazingly well defined and the narrative rings with a brutal honesty that only the greatest of writers have ever achieved. Mr. Capote is among the greatest post World War 2, American writers that has ever put pen to paper. As great as Mailer, DeLillo, Updike, Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, James Baldwin and Arthur Miller.
It is easy to forget after the major successes of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood,” the volume and magnitude and beauty of Capote’s other works. “The Grass Harp and other Stories” is one of those other treasures. The characters of Dolly, the Judge, Verena, and Catherine in “The Grass Harp”are vivid illustrations and portrayals of rural Alabama that touch the reader in such a way as to make them unforgettable. Mr. Capote was so in touch with his Alabama roots and childhood that it is easy to forget, while reading this wonderful novel and short stories, that his frame and celebrity was ever associated with New York.
Mr. Capote has always been one of my favorite writers. His ability to grab at the inner soul of his readers and to transport them to a place few people have ever visited has always left me breathless and in awe.