Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Truman Capote. New York, Random House, 1958. Yellow cloth, original dust jacket. First edition.
Basis for the classic 1961 Blake Edwards film starring Audrey Hepburn.
The unnamed narrator becomes friends with Holly Golightly, who calls him “Fred”, after her older brother. Holly (age 18-19) is a country girl turned New York café society girl. As such, she has no job and lives by socializing with wealthy men, who take her to clubs and restaurants, and give her money and expensive presents; she hopes to marry one of them. According to Capote, Golightly is not a prostitute but an “American geisha.”