The 25 Best Novels Written By Writers Under 30

19. Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948)

Author: Truman Capote
Age: 24

The photo that Capote used on the dust jacket of Other Voices, Other Rooms had as much to do with Capote's rise to notoriety as the book itself. On the back of the book, which was about a teenager coming to terms with his homosexuality, was a photo of Capote lounging back, staring at, almost challenging, the camera.

Few reviews mentioned being offended by the contents of the book, but many were put off by the photo. The Los Angeles Times wrote that the photo looked, "as if he were dreamily contemplating some outrage against conventional morality." The book did well, but it was the photo that placed Capote firmly in the national consciousness.

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