Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1956. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's black cloth, centrally stamped to front board in metallic blue, silver, and magenta, with four large squares in a vertical line arrangement, lettered in matching colors to spine; in the original blue, white, and black dust jacket with title, author, and publisher labeled to front panel in English and to rear panel in Russian designed by Philip Grushkin. About fine with a touch of toning to top edge, in a very good unclipped dust jacket with some light rubbing and toning to extremities and chipping to spine ends, 1-cm. chip to top edge of front panel just above the word "The," contemporary date written lightly in pencil below the price on the front flap. Overall, a tight, presentable copy. First published in The New Yorker magazine, The Muses Are Heard is a non-fiction, journalistic style piece written early in Capote's career about The Everyman's Opera, a group that traveled to the USSR in the mid-1950s to perform a rendition of Porgy and Bess for the purpose of cultural exchange. The book details the group's entire eight-day trip, beginning with their departure from East Berlin and ending with the premiere of the opera in Leningrad. They travelled by train, accompanied by Capote, who was tasked with recording the intimate details of the trip.