Seems John Steinbeck wasn’t alone when it came to inventing facts for a “nonfiction” book.
Truman Capote, the father of the nonfiction novel, apparently did a lot more fact-fudging and truth-twisting “In Cold Blood” (1966) than he ever admitted and most people thought.
The Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Helliker has the sordid details in “Capote Classic ‘In Cold Blood’ Tainted by Long-Lost Files.”
Capote’s fictional tricks and lies in “In Cold Blood” were not as thoroughly misleading as Steinbeck’s literary fraudulence in “Travels With Charley,” which I detail in “Dogging Steinbeck.”
But Capote gives me further ammo in my crusade for a new genre — True Nonfiction.