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by Truman Capote

Truman Capote, virtually abandoned by his mother as a child, was raised during the Depression of the 1930s by distant cousins in a small Alabama town called Monroeville. He spent the bulk of his time with his favorite cousin, Sook Faulk. Sook exerted a formidable influence on Capote, and her eccentric mannerisms and childlike innocence inspired many of his short stories. Capote's "A Christmas Memory," a short story so renowned that it has been published individually, pays homage to the pleasure and excitement Sock's holiday rituals brought her young cousin.

Events in History at the Time the Short Story Takes Place

The South during the Depression. In "A Christmas Memory" the Great Depression has taken its toll; Buddy and his friend fantasize about giving each other the expensive presents that they are too poor to buy. The Depression was precipitated by the stock market...

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