University of Alabama professor Ralph Voss spoke at the Gnu
University of Alabama professor Ralph Voss spoke at the Gnu's Room Friday, Oct. 19, about his newest book, "Truman Capote and the Legacy of 'In Cold Blood.'" (Rebecca Croomes / PHOTO EDITOR)
Voss is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Alabama and is also the author of "The Strains of Triumph: A Life of William Inge" and "Elements of Practical Writing."
was 16 years old when Herbert Clutter, Herbert's wife, and two of their children were brutally murdered in Holcomb, Kan., only a short distance from Voss' hometown of Plainview.
"I remember very vividly that, up until that time, my parents had never locked the doors at night," Voss
told Carlton in The Birmingham News article.
As a Kansas native and a retired college English professor, Voss
has remained fascinated by this case and by Capote's book.
retired two years ago but had taught Capote's book in the University of Alabama
English Department for years.
"A lot of people think Capote had a right to tell the story," Voss
said in the Birmingham News article.
For his book, Voss
returned to his home state of Kansas in 2008 to retrace Capote's steps and interview some of the people who were around when Capote first investigated this case.
said Capote's book is an iconic piece of crime literature.
"I can't think of another book in American popular culture that has had such a rippling influence on so many different aspects of the culture," Voss
Voss has also served as editor of "Magical Muse: Millennial Essays on Tennessee Williams" and coeditor of "Against the Grain: A Volume in Honor of Maxine Hairston."