First Edition of Truman Capote's The Muses Are Heard; Inscribed by Him

  • The Muses Are Heard.
  • The Muses Are Heard.
  • The Muses Are Heard.

The Muses Are Heard.


Item Number: 69775

New York: Random House, 1956.

First edition of this early journalistic work by Capote. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Jarrett Fadem with the good wishes of Truman Capote.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Philip Grushkin.

Originally published in The New Yorker, it is a narrative account of the cultural mission by The Everyman's Opera to the U.S.S.R. in the mid-1950s. Capote was sent to accompany the Opera as it staged a production of Porgy and Bess. First published in two parts, it was later released as a short non-fiction book. The book's title comes from a speech given by one of the Soviet cultural ministry staff, who declared, “When the cannons are heard, the muses are silent. When the cannons are silent, the muses are heard.”

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