"I would say Truman had an odd and personal perspective on experience that only real writers have. A lot of writers sweat and labor to acquire that, but Truman Capote had it naturally. And this is what makes his work so distinct and inevitable. It was a strange, offhand, natural kind of originality (James Dickey, poet and novelist)
"Truman was a celebrity, a literary star, a television character. But I think all that will fall quickly away now. That's ephemeral, and what you will have left is a very fine body of enduring work. It's like F. Scott Fitzgerald - he may have been a drunken playboy, but it's the work that counts.
"He was just such a magician with words. Like so many people from the South, he was a master storyteller, one of the best we have. When you saw his name at the end of a story in The New Yorker, you knew you were in for a tremendous treat.