He stood out among his classmates with his ebullient personality.Over time, Capote developed a group of friends who would often go over to his house to smoke, drink, and dance in his room.The smallest in his class, he was often picked on by the other cadets.
Seeing little of his mother and his father over the years, he often wrestled with feeling abandoned by them.
One of the few times he caught their interest was during their divorce with each of them fighting for custody as a way to hurt the other.
Capote spent much of his young life in the care of his mother's relatives in Monroeville, Alabama.
In Monroeville, Capote befriended a young Harper Lee.
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He attended a private boys' school in Manhattan from 1933 to 1936, where he charmed some of his classmates.
An unusual boy, Capote had a gift for telling stories and entertaining people.
His mother wanted to make him more masculine, and thought that sending him to a military academy would be the answer.
The 1936-1937 school year proved to be a disaster for Capote.
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