Ch 1: In Cold Blood Literary Context

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Commit important information to memory about the literary context of ''In Cold Blood'' by opening up this chapter. As a supplemental study guide for your novel, these lessons can help improve your knowledge about the author, characters, setting, and plot of the story.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the literary context of In Cold Blood for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • The life and works of Truman Capote
  • Literary genre of the novel
  • Importance of the book's title
  • A review of the characters and a summary of the text
  • Timeline and plot within the novel
  • Setting and associated quotes
  • In Cold Blood and Harper Lee
  • Censorship and banning of the book
  • Awards for the novel
  • Key vocabulary words

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: In Cold Blood Literary Context
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Truman Capote: Biography, Books & Facts

1. Truman Capote: Biography, Books & Facts

Truman Capote is perhaps one of the most interesting American authors of the 20th century. Learn about the man behind the critically acclaimed stories.

In Cold Blood Literary Genre

2. In Cold Blood Literary Genre

In Cold Blood was Truman Capote's last major work and despite its failure to win a Pulitzer the novel propelled the true crime genre into the popularity it enjoys today.

In Cold Blood: Significance of Title

3. In Cold Blood: Significance of Title

In this lesson we will consider both the obvious implications and role of Truman Capote's chosen title, 'In Cold Blood,' as well as the link between this title and the novel's interest in psychology.

Capote's In Cold Blood: Summary & Characters

4. Capote's In Cold Blood: Summary & Characters

This lesson is a plot summary and overview of the characters in Truman Capote's non-fiction crime novel, 'In Cold Blood.' The book is the result of Capote's investigation into the 1959 murder of a Kansas farmer, his wife, and two of their children.

In Cold Blood: Plot & Timeline

5. In Cold Blood: Plot & Timeline

In Truman Capote's ''In Cold Blood,'' a gruesome murder in a small farming community sets its citizens on edge while two killers are on the loose with little to connect them to the murder.

In Cold Blood Setting: Importance & Quotes

6. In Cold Blood Setting: Importance & Quotes

In this lesson, we will discuss how some of the settings in Truman Capote's ''In Cold Blood'' contribute to the overall mood of the scene. The settings we will examine include: Holcomb, Miami Beach, and the Kansas State Penitentiary for Men.

Harper Lee & In Cold Blood

7. Harper Lee & In Cold Blood

This lesson will examine the impact of Harper Lee on Truman Capote's true-crime novel, 'In Cold Blood.' Lee helped her childhood friend with much of the research for the book, although she was not credited when the book was published.

Banning & Censorship of In Cold Blood

8. Banning & Censorship of In Cold Blood

'In Cold Blood' is a non-fiction story written about the mass murder of the Clutter family by two ex-convicts. The description of the deaths of the family and language within the book have created some controversy since it was published in 1966.

In Cold Blood Awards

9. In Cold Blood Awards

''In Cold Blood'' is one of the most influential books of the 20th century and promoted the genre of true crime into literary and film popularity. It was nominated for several awards and won a 1966 Edgar for best fact crime.

In Cold Blood Vocabulary

10. In Cold Blood Vocabulary

Truman Capote's book, ''In Cold Blood'', has a rich vocabulary. In this lesson, we will learn the meanings of haphazard, severance, awry, candor, acquiesce, substantiate, coterie, prim, brooding, and listless along with in-text examples of the words.

In Cold Blood Vocabulary Flashcards

In Cold Blood Vocabulary Flashcards

Are you reading Truman Capote's famous work, 'In Cold Blood'? This set of flashcards can help you to review some of the less commonly known vocabulary words found in the novel.

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