Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 10:16:04 -0500 From: Charles Agvent <agvent@...> Subject: [ABAA Books] FS: Scarce early Truman Capote item, featured in this month's Fine Books & Collections magazine To: ABAA Trade <abaa-books@...>, Biblio <biblio@...>, "BiblioMarket@yahoogroups.com" <BiblioMarket@yahoogroups.com>, RARE-BOOKS <rarebooks@...> Message-ID: <47502934.4000205@...> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed
As featured in this month's Fine Books & Collections magazine:
[CAPOTE, Truman]. MANUSCRIPT RECIPE BOOK BELONGING TO NANNIE RUMBLY FAULK (SOOK). Recipe book belonging to Sook: caretaker, cousin, and close companion of Truman Capote during his childhood. A consultation of any of the biographies of Capote will reveal the immense importance this frail, old woman had on the shaping of Capote's character. Dying shortly before the publication of his first book, Sook missed the opportunity to see her influence on Capote's creative life; however, Capote modeled Dolly Talbo, heroine of THE GRASS HARP, after Sook and placed her at the center of two of his most popular and affecting works: THE THANKSGIVING VISITOR and A CHRISTMAS MEMORY. This book, purchased by Sook in 1904 (with her full signature & date) and added to through at least the 1920s (Capote arrived at the Monroeville, Alabama, Faulk home in 1924 as an infant and stayed until 1931 with frequent visits afterward) totals 155 pages completely in her hand in a homemade mulberry ink, with one page in another hand. Not only does it contain recipes for preparing & serving foods, beverages, & desserts served to a young Capote, including Aunt Fronie's Christmas Cake and Fairy Tale Tea Cakes, Sook's account contains much information on the Faulk household revealing the childlike personality of its author including her dislike of blacks. In an entry headed "1923 Alabama Avenue," Sook even gives an account of some of the preparation for the wedding of Lillie Mae Faulk & Arch Persons, Truman Capote's parents. The book opens with Sook's Daily Prayer Recipe and closes with an account of arrowroot used to heal wounds from poisoned arrows. A unique and wonderful artifact! $9500.00
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