108: Capote’s Coterie | The Essential Swans: Phoebe Pierce Vreeland

In this episode, we investigate a true-blue childhood friend of Truman Capote’s, Phoebe Pierce Vreeland, and her legendary fashion editor grandmother, Diana Vreeland, too. Phoebe and Truman were the best of friends in his adolescent and teenage years, and she weaves quite a story about Capote’s early years before his success as a writer.

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Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career, by George Plimpton (Amazon.com)

Tiny Terror: Why Truman Capote (Almost) Wrote Answered Prayers, by William Todd Schultz (Amazon.com)

Recalling Capote, and a New York That Let Him Glitter (nytimes.com)

The Diana Vreeland Papers at the New York Public Library (nypl.org)

Diana Vreeland papers, 1899-2000 [bulk 1930-1989] (archive.nypl.org)

Project MUSE – An Odd Psychological Type (muse.jhu.edu)

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