Paul Cadmus and Truman Capote

Paul Cadmus, “Playground”, 1948, Tempera Paint

Paul Cadmus remembered Capote at an outdoor café in Venice shortly after the war. “Truman lifted his cape up and down, up and down, and said, “Come to Taormina! Come to Taormina!”“ Cadmus recalled. The painter took Capote’s advice and met him at the Italian resort. One day Capote returned from the post office with the mail. “I bring tidings of disaster!” he shouted. “Tennessee’s play is a great success!” “I always liked Truman”, said Cadmus. “He didn’t give a damn what people thought of his voice or anything else. Brave little thing”.

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