• Tue, Jul 10 2012

Shelved Dolls: Lillie Mae Faulk – The Real Holly Golightly

 Yeats said “I have often had the fancy that there is some one myth for every man, which, if we but knew it, would make us understand all he did and thought.” Truman forever afterwards seemed obsessed with wealthy people, the really, truly rich, and he always seems to betray them. He integrated himself into their lives, and he became their closest confidante – but then, he published all their stories without concern for ostracizing himself in the process.

He did this, even, seemingly, with the people he loved. He almost certainly did love Babe Paley – he died whispering her name – but he published all her most intimate and humiliating secrets.

I think probably Truman’s motivation for doing all of that were unclear, even to himself. But I do think that no matter how much he loved it, he might have been gripped by certain impulse to humble the world that so enthralled his mother that it brought about her demise. And he did, even if it meant the he ended life utterly alone.

But there is one nice moment, in all of that, or a moment I always think is nice.

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  • Amy

    Fascinating story! Thanks so much for sharing

  • Caitlin

    Yes, this is great! Super interesting. Excellent work and thanks for posting

  • Samantha

    I love this column so much.
    This might be my favorite yet – it almost brought me to tears.

  • Nancy

    What they said! Keep them coming!

  • Erin

    Thank you for the Shelved Dolls articles. They are lovely.

  • Jaclyn

    Very well done. These pieces are fantastic and each one is more fascinating than the last.

  • Lindsey

    You should put these into a book and sell people the book.

  • Cate

    I agree with the stuff everyone else is saying. I love this series.

    • Jennifer Wright

      AW YOU GUYS!

      I think next week might be Evelyn Nesbit. She is saucy. Also, I need to find someone whose life isn’t incredibly sad. Which is not Evelyn Nesbit. I mean, she’s pretty sad.

  • Robin

    You know, for the longest time, I sort of assumed that Truman Capote had intended Holly Golightly to be a female version of himself (given how others who knew him, such as Harper Lee, had seemed to describe him). I don’t really have time to read past the first page at the moment, but I look forward to reading the rest of your case soon!

  • diane kaston

    thank you thank you, this just blew me away, see you at tiffany’s

  • Kate

    Just had to jump on the “God-this-series-is-fantastic-please-never-stop-writing-it!!” bandwagon. Great writing, fascinating subjects… I’m always so excited to see a new Shelved Doll article. So, please, keep it up!

  • Rod

    “In 1931, when Truman was 8, Lillie married a successful South American businessman Joe Capote (Joe, not Jose, the successful South American Holly wanted to marry in Breakfast at Tiffany’s)”

    But Joe is short for Joseph, isn’t it? That is, José in Spanish (and Joe was Cuban).

  • An Okie

    Loved the piece. But I have one thing. It’s Okie, not Oakie. We’re not made of wood.

  • Luisa

    Wonderful piece! I did have an issue with one tiny bit-Cuba is NOT in South America.