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Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel
Answered Prayers is an unfinished novel by Truman Capote. In 1966 he was given a $25,000 advance by Random House for a 1968 completion. The delivery date was repeatedly delayed until Capote's death in 1984.
Part of the book was published in Esquire in 1975. This resulted in an uproar among Capote's friends and acquaintances who recognized thinly veiled characters based on themselves. Virtually all of Truman's friends ostracized him and some would never speak to him again.
After his death the unpublished work, American Remembrance of Things Past, was discovered. The three disjointed chapters, totaling less than 200 pages, were published in 1987 under the title Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel.
The book is a somewhat sordid tale of the mixing of high and low social classes, and is considered to be some of the best American writing ever produced.
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