Signed First Edition “The Dogs Bark” - 1973
Signed first edition, first printing of Truman Capote’s THE DOGS BARK: Public People and Private Places; 1973, signed on title page, not inscribed. Near fine; clean, tight pages (appears unread), unclipped with original dust jacket and Mylar cover.
Major literary critics have called this compilation the very best of Capote’s shorter pieces. The New York Times wrote:
“Capote describes these pieces as “silhouettes and souvenirs” and ‘a written geography of my life’—a somewhat diaphanous description, but, like most of Capote’s nonfiction writing, completely apt. The title is taken from an Arab proverb: ‘The dogs bark but the caravan moves on’ ([André] Gide to Capote one day in Tangiers when Capote was grumbling about a bad review), and most of the pieces are about people and places Capote has observed while moving on since 1942… It bulges…with sharp, subtle observations of people, fascinating reminiscences and travel jottings, wonderful sketches, anecdotes and yarns, and, among other things, the most frightening horror story you’ve ever heard. Not a deep plate of soup, perhaps, but a marvelously tasty one.”