Jack Dunphy (August 22, 1914 – April 26, 1992) was an American novelist and playwright, well known today for his long-term relationship with American author Truman Capote.
John Paul Dunphy was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and raised in a working class neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He trained in ballet under Catherine Littlefield, danced at the 1939 New York World's Fair, and toured with the George Balanchine company in South America in 1941.
He married another Philadelphia dancer, Joan McCracken. They later appeared in the original Broadway production of Oklahoma! in 1943, in which McCracken played Elvie and Dunphy danced as one of the cowboys. Dunphy also danced in The Prodigal Son, a ballet performed on Broadway in conjunction with The Pirates of Penzance in 1942.
Dunphy enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1944 during World War II. During his service, he published his first work, "The Life of a Carrot," in Short Story magazine.
When he met Truman Capote in 1948, Dunphy had written a well-received novel, John Fury, and was just getting over a painful divorce from McCracken. In 1950 the two writers settled in Taormina, Sicily, in a house where the author D. H. Lawrence had once lived. Ten years older than Capote, Dunphy was in many ways Capote’s opposite, as solitary as Truman was exuberantly social. Though they drifted more and more apart in the later years, the couple stayed together until Capote's death.Jack Dunphy and Truman Capote by Jared FrenchTruman Capote was an American author, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966), which he labeled a "nonfiction novel." Jack Dunphy was an American novelist and playwright, well known today for his long-term relationship with American author Truman Capote. When he met Capote in 1948, Dunphy had written a well-received novel, John Fury.( Read more... )
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Truman Capote (September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984) was an American author, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's
(1958) and true crime novel In Cold Blood
(1966), which he labeled a "nonfiction novel." At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced from Capote novels, stories and screenplays. (Picture: Truman Capote by Carl Van Vechten)
Capote rose above a childhood troubled by divorce, a long absence from his mother and multiple migrations. He discovered his calling by the age of 11, and for the rest of his childhood he honed his writing ability. Capote began his professional career writing short stories. The critical success of one story, "Miriam" (1945), attracted the attention of Random House publisher Bennett Cerf, resulting in a contract to write Other Voices, Other Rooms
(1948). Capote earned the most fame with In Cold Blood
(1966), a journalistic work about the murder of a Kansas farm family in their home, a book Capote spent four years writing, with much help from Harper Lee, who wrote the famous To Kill a Mockingbird
. A milestone in popular culture, it was the peak of his career, although it was not his final book. In the 1970s, he maintained his celebrity status by appearing on television talk shows.
Born Truman Streckfus Persons in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of 17-year-old Lillie Mae Faulk and salesman Archulus Persons. His parents divorced when he was four, and he was sent to Monroeville, Alabama, where, for the following four to five years, he was raised by his mother's relatives. He formed a fast bond with his mother's distant relative, Nanny Rumbley Faulk, whom Truman called "Sook". "Her face is remarkable — not unlike Lincoln's, craggy like that, and tinted by sun and wind," is how Capote described Sook in "A Christmas Memory". In Monroeville, he was a neighbor and friend of author Harper Lee, who wrote the 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird
, with the character Dill being based on Capote.( Read more... )
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (1955). Or “Answered Prayers” or “Music For Chameleons.” Pretty much anything by the tiny, fame-crazed Southern-Belle in Brooks Brothers clothing will do. His writing is never less than wonderful and everything he wrote is so imbued with his unstoppably queer sensibility that it doesn’t make any difference what the character’s gender preference happens to be. “Tiffany’s” happens to be a perfect piece of fiction; and the way that Capote hides/reveals his gay narrator is a masterly example of how deft closeted, Pre-Stonewall writers could “play the game.” --Felice Picano
I was honored when I discovered Truman and his lover (Jack Dunphy) read “Gaywyck” aloud to one another at Christmas. True, there is a long Christmas-shopping sequence in it, but I think what amused them most was the echoes (more like shouts!) in it of Truman's first novel, which I add to my list here because when I read it in my youth I was blissed out by Joel Harrison Knox, its 13-year-old hero, and his great spiritual awakening of self-acceptance at the end: "I am me," he exclaims. "I am Joel, we are the same people." For me this is a stunning (and “Gaywyc” inspiring) reference to Emily Bronte's Catherine Earnshaw exclaiming in “Wuthering Heights” --another of my favorite books! --"Heathcliffe and I are the same person," which is the great rallying cry for dementia in romantic literature and novels by obsessives like M. Proust and in all those popular love songs I adore. Then add a vast Southern gothic mansion, a cousin Randolph in Mardi Gras drag waving as a "queer lady" in a window, and see just how much I love "homages" (as opposed to stealing?) from books I revere. And, oh, how that Truman could write! When was the last time you read “Breakfast at Tiffany's”? I recently lent a copy of “In Cold Blood” to a young friend who passed it on to SIX others in a state of shock over its (and Truman's) greatness. Yes, indeed, a genius talent for our side.... --Vincent Virga
Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Amazon: Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher