Capote’s Christmas Memory

Posted: December 28, 2016 by vequinox in Literature

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christmas_snowflakes_by_angiesweetgirl-d4k9g9kchristmas_snowflakes_by_angiesweetgirl-d4k9g9kWe dedicate the festive winter holiday week to inspirational quotes which mark cultural or historical landmarks from around the world.

To keep the  Holy Eve excitement of our childhood alive, here is an excerpt from A Christmas Memory (1956), an autobiographical short story by classic American novelist Truman Capote (1924 – 1984) which has become a literary staple at this time of year:

capote-a-christmas-memory“A trunk in the attic contains: a shoebox of ermine tails (off the opera cape of a curious lady who once rented a room in the house), coils of frazzled tinsel gone gold with age, one silver star, a brief rope of dilapidated, undoubtedly dangerous candylike light bulbs. Excellent decorations, as far as they go, which isn’t far enough: my friend wants our tree to blaze “like a Baptist window,” droop with weighty snows of ornament. But we can’t afford the made-in-Japan splendors at the five-and-dime. So…

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