Breakfast at Tiffany's, the novel by Truman Capote, is turning 50 (in just 3 years, the film will do the same). USA Today takes a look at the classic, which The New Yorker called "empty nostalgia" at the time (Capote wrote a letter to the publication saying he was "hurt and dismayed" by the criticism). The story however, whether on paper or celluloid, has stood the test of time and remains a favorite amongst many...in fact, just a couple of years ago the iconic Givenchy black dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in the movie sold for $807,000 (how much will Carrie Bradshaw garb go for in 50 years?).
Vintage's managing editor (who are releasing an anniversary edition) told the paper, "I recently reread the novel and was struck by how easily I was able to identify with the time and the place and the characters, with New York as Capote describes it. And how kids, young adults, newcomers relate to the city, and we all hope always will. We all know people like Holly Golightly." With walking tours and droves of tourists stopping by the iconic Tiffany & Co. sign on 5th Avenue to have their photo taken, the words of Golightly may not ring as true since its big screen debut: "It calms me down right away, the quietness and the proud look of it. Nothing very bad could happen to you there, not with those kind men in their nice suits, and that lovely smell of silver and alligator wallets."