Hamptons Beach Read Of The Day: Party Of The Century

by CARSON GRIFFITH · August 18, 2009

    The Hamptons are full of parties, but nothing can really compare to the Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball, by Deborah Davis, or the man behind it for that matter. It seems unlikely that ever again will one individual be able to concoct such an elaborate social scheme to make his party go down in history. Right down to every last invitation (all 540 of them), Capote dangled them over the head of some of the biggest social heavy hitters back in 1966. The king of self promotion before anyone really knew it existed, this story is a must read for any New Yorker, whether they love or abhor the social scene. Where else can you read how Candice Bergen was bored by the party of the season, while Capote's elevator man spent the night with a woman who didn't have a clue about his pedigree? It's scandal in it's purest, most innocent form.