The Thanksgiving Visitor

The Thanksgiving Visitor is a short story by Truman Capote originally published in the November 1967 issue of McCall's magazine, and later published as a book by Random House, Inc. in 1968.[1] The story takes the form of a childhood tale about a boy and his bully problem. The story has a strong moral lesson related to revenge. It is a sequel to Capote's A Christmas Memory.

The Thanksgiving Visitor
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First edition in solo book form (1968)
AuthorTruman Capote
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
1967
Published in English
1968
Pages63 pp
OCLC328485
Preceded by"A Christmas Memory
Followed by"One Christmas

ConceptionEdit

The Thanksgiving Visitor was inspired by Truman Capote's childhood growing up in Alabama.[2] One of the main characters, Miss Sook Faulk is based directly on Truman's older cousin, Nanny Rumbley Faulk, whom Truman called "Sook".[3]

Plot summaryEdit

The story is narrated by nine-year-old Buddy, whose older cousin is his best friend. Buddy gets stopped on the way to school every day by a bully named Odd Henderson, who pins him to the ground and rubs burrs into Buddy's head because "he's a sissy", an appellation to which Buddy admits. To stop this problem, his cousin, Miss Sook, invites Odd to her big Thanksgiving dinner. During the party, when Buddy is sulking in his bathroom cupboard, he spots Odd stealing a precious cameo. When Odd leaves the bathroom, Buddy leaves and claims in front of everyone at the family dinner that Odd has stolen the cameo. Miss Sook goes to check, and she claims that the cameo is in its place, but then Odd admits to stealing the cameo, lays it on a table, and walks out. Buddy then runs out and sulks in the barn, until the afternoon, when Miss Sook teaches him that he shouldn't have publicly humiliated Odd.

Reception and critical analysisEdit

An aunt of Truman Capote's was hurt by the tale because she felt Capote had invented a troubled childhood. She said "I just can't believe what Truman has made us out to be and the way he's talked about his childhood. We were a very decent, well-off family, and he's made it to be quite another story."[4]

AdaptationEdit

The story was adapted for television and filmed in Alabama with Capote and many of his friends and family present as observers.[5] The 1967 television production of The Thanksgiving Visitor earned Geraldine Page a second Emmy Award.[6]

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ A Christmas Memory Also includes "One Christmas" and "The Thanksgiving Visitor" (New York: Modern rary, 2007), copyright page.
  2. ^ A Christmas Memory Also includes "One Christmas" and "The Thanksgiving Visitor" (New York: Modern Library, 2007), cover flap.
  3. ^ Rudisill, Marie & Simmons, James C. The Southern Haunting of Truman Capote (Nashville, Tennessee: Cumberland House, 2000), page 65.
  4. ^ Plimpton, George Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career (New York: Doubleday, 1997), page 361.
  5. ^ Clarke, Gerald. Capote: A Biography (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988), pages 390-391.
  6. ^ Geraldine Page – Awards at the Internet Movie Database
Bibliography
  • Capote, Truman (2007). A Christmas Memory: Also includes "One Christmas" and "The Thanksgiving Visitor". New York: Modern Library. ISBN 978-0679602378.
  • Clarke, Gerald (1988). Capote, A Biography (1st ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0241125496.
  • Plimpton, George (1997). Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances, and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career (1st ed.). New York: Doubleday. ISBN 0385232497.
  • Rudisill, Marie; Simmons, James (2000). The Southern Haunting of Truman Capote (1st ed.). Nashville, Tennessee: Cumberland House. ISBN 1581821360.