Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the premise of ANSWERED PRAYERS?

The three short works in this book are chapters of an uncompleted novel by acclaimed writer Truman Capote.

2. What is the focus of the book?

Narrated by what an editor's note suggests is a thinly veiled version of the author himself, the chapter/stories focus on the lives and experiences of individuals, both real-life and fictionalized, active in the so-called "high society" of the time.

3. What is a core theme of the book and how does it manifest in people?

At the core of both the book's narrative and thematic considerations is the experience of loneliness, as well as two of its primary manifestations, exploitation of others and the allure of fame and fortune.

4. Explain Truman Capote's notoriety in the 1960s and 1970s.

Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, and for a time into the early 1980s, Truman Capote was one of the most discussed authors in America. He was renowned for, among other things, the elegant poeticism of his writing, his highly visible social life, his relatively open bisexuality, and the eccentricity of his personal manner.

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