The film Capote, as played by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, is an interesting counterpoint to our 11th grade reading of To Kill A Mockingbird by Truman Capote’s friend and confidante Nelle Harper Lee. In Cold Blood was Capote’s defining work, and he never finished another book. The story of the Clutters’ murder and murderers started as an article for The New Yorker magazine and became a four-part series and book, “a nonfiction novel,” according to Capote. Lee only published the one book. Both books are American classics.