Patricia Highsmith by Patricia Highsmith
Selected Novels and Short Stories

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"Patricia Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing . . . bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night."—The New Yorker

The remarkable renaissance of Patricia Highsmith continues with the publication of Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories, featuring two groundbreaking novels as well as a trove of penetrating short stories. With a critical introduction by Joan Schenkar, situating Highsmith's classic works within her own tumultuous life, this book provides a useful guide to some of her most dazzlingly seductive writing. Strangers on a Train (1950), transformed into a legendary film by Alfred Hitchcock, displays Highsmith's genius for psychological characterization and tortuous suspense, while The Price of Salt (1952), with its lesbian lovers and a creepy PI, provides a thrilling and highly controversial depiction of "the love that dare not speak its name." Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories firmly establishes Highsmith's centrality to American culture by presenting key works that went on to influence a half-century of literature and film. Abandoned by the wider reading public in her lifetime, Highsmith finally gets the canonical recognition that is her due.
 

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Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories. Joan Schenkar, the author of the highly acclaimed biography The Talented Miss Highsmith, lives in Paris and Greenwich Village. Joan Schenkar, the author of the highly acclaimed biography The Talented Miss Highsmith, lives in Paris and Greenwich Village.
 
Published December 6, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 644 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A collection of Patricia Highsmith stories makes for a macabre, misanthropic and sometimes alarming volume.

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The novelist Patricia Highsmith lived in and wrote about Greenwich Village. Here is a tour of her neighborhood.

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Andrew Wilson's biography of Patricia Highsmith and a memoir of her by Marijane Meaker, a former lover, explore the turbulence beneath the talent.

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The biographer Joan Schenkar retraces Patricia Highsmith’s footsteps through Greenwich Village, as it figured in her real life and as it appeared in her fiction.

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The collection demonstrates the author's mastery at depicting extreme emotional and psychological states.

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Persephone Magazine

In a bit of luck, for Tom Ripley always runs into a bit of luck, he happens to see the father of a man he met a few times, Richard “Dickie” Greenleaf.

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Boston Review

Her books fell from and returned to print in odd cycles, as though editors, recognizing her importance, could not quite leave her alone yet were so disquieted by the work, so intimately troubled by it, that, having initiated conversation, they turned and fled.

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