Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1948. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing of the author's first novel. Publisher's beige cloth, lettered in red; in the original slate blue dust jacket designed by Sol Immerman, lettered in white. Very good, with some faint wear to the spine ends, minor toning to the spine and board edges, a few faint scuffs to the otherwise clean binding, a hint of offsetting to the endpapers and verso of the half-title, otherwise fresh pages; unclipped dust jacket, with a hint of toning to the spine, minor rubbing to the extremities, tiny nick to the spine head, bright and fresh panels. Overall, a very tight and attractive copy. Published when he was only twenty-three years old, Other Voices, Other Rooms is Truman Capote's first novel, which was met with some anticipation after the author's previously published short stories drew attention to his burgeoning skill as a promising writer. A semi-autobiographical text, Other Voices, Other Rooms tells the story of thirteen-year-old Joel Knox, who has recently moved from his mother's home New Orleans to a small Southern town to be raised by relatives, not unlike Capote, who moved from New Orleans to Monroeville, Alabama, at a young age after his parents' divorce. Joel meets a strange cast of characters, many of whom bear resemblance to Capote's family members, and befriends a young tomboy, who is reminiscent of the author's longtime friend Harper Lee. As with many of Capote's novels, Other Voices, Other Rooms draws its appeal from the skillful writing, captivating characters, and Capote's signature ability to blend the highly relatable and the eerily mysterious into a thrilling text.