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Patricia Highsmith - Author

About the Author

Patricia Highsmith was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1921 but moved to New York when she was six. In her senior year she edited the college magazine, having decided to become a writer at the age of sixteen. Her first novel Strangers on a Train was made into a famous film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland in 1995. Her last novel Small g: A Summer Idyll was published posthumously just over a month later.

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The Price of Salt A Norton Critical Edition

The Price of Salt A Norton Critical Edition

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2019

This Norton Critical Edition includes: * The 1952 novel along with-for comparative reading-Patricia Highsmith's two Afterwords (1984 and 1990). * Editorial matter by Terry Castle. * Background materials on The Price of Salt's textual history and genesis (1948-52). * An unusually rich Criticism section, thematically arranged to promote classroom discussion. Letters to Patricia Highsmith (1952-65)-never before published-allow today's readers to understand something of this novel's deeply personal power, while reviews of the 1952, 1984, and 1991 editions trace the novel's critical reception in a changing world. Other topics include lesbian pulp fiction, a brief history of lesbianism in the 1950s and Carol, the 2014 film adaptation of The Price of Salt. * A Selected Bibliography.

Deep Water A Virago Modern Classic

Deep Water A Virago Modern Classic

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

'If I really don't like somebody, I kill him . . . You remember Malcolm McRae, don't you?' Melinda Van Allen is beautiful, headstrong and sexy. Unfortunately for Vic Van Allen, she is his wife. Their love has soured, and Melinda takes pleasure in flaunting her many affairs to her husband. When one of her lovers is murdered, Vic hints to her latest conquest that he was responsible. As rumours spread about Vic's vicious streak, fiction and reality start to converge. It's only a matter of time before Vic really does have blood on his hands. Books included in the VMC 40th anniversary series include: Frost in May by Antonia White; The Collected Stories of Grace Paley; Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault; The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter; The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann; Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith; The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; Heartburn by Nora Ephron; The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy; Memento Mori by Muriel Spark; A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor; and Faces in the Water by Janet Frame

Talented Mr. Ripley (Heroes & Villains)

Talented Mr. Ripley (Heroes & Villains)

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Author: Patricia Highsmith, Gillian Flynn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2017

In this mesmerizing [novel] . . . not to be recommended for the weak-minded and impressionable (Washington Post), we encounter Guy Haines, a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, and Charles Anthony Bruno, a conniving psychopath who manipulates a chance encounter with Guy into a sadistic plot to swap murders. Some people are better off dead, says Bruno, like your wife and my father, for instance. As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy becomes trapped in Patricia Highsmith's perilous world, where under the right circumstances anyone is capable of murder. Still her most iconic novel, Strangers on a Train elicits the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings (Time) and the unsettling forces that tremble beneath the surface of everyday life.

Price of Salt (Carol)

Price of Salt (Carol)

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: eBook Release Date: 20/09/2017

First published in 1952, "e;The Price of Salt"e; is Patricia Highsmith's unprecedented novel concerning the love affair between two women. Highsmith originally published the novel under the pseudonym "e;Claire Morgan"e; out of fear that she might be branded as a writer of lesbian literature and out of respect for the characters and occurrences depicted in the novel which referenced her own real life relationships. The story is concerned with the life of Therese Belivet, a young woman living in Manhattan who aspires to be a theatrical set designer. Despite the fact that she is dating a young man named Richard, Therese feels quite lonely as she does not truly love Richard or enjoy their intimacies. By day she works in the toy department at a New York department store. It is there that she meets Carol, an elegant woman in her early thirties, when she waits on her as a customer. The two soon spark up a friendship which eventually develops into a romantic relationship. Noted for being one of the first novels not to depict lesbian relationships in a completely unfavorable light, "e;The Price of Salt"e;, or "e;Carol"e;, as it was also published, has been adapted into a 2015 film which received numerous award nominations.

Those Who Walk Away

Those Who Walk Away

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: eBook Release Date: 11/07/2017

Ray Garrett, a wealthy young American living in Europe, is grieving over the death of his wife Peggy. Ray is at a loss for why she would take her own life, but Peggy's father Ed Coleman, a painter, has no such uncertainty-he blames Ray completely. Late one night in Rome, Coleman shoots Ray at point-blank range. He thinks he's had his revenge, but Ray survives and follows Coleman and his wealthy girlfriend to Venice.In Venice, it happens again: Coleman attacks his loathed son-in-law, dumping him into the cold waters of the laguna. Ray survives thanks to the help of a boatman, and this time he goes into hiding, living in a privately rented room under a fake name. So begins an eerie game of cat-and-mouse. Coleman wants vengeance, Ray wants a clear conscience, and the police want to solve the mystery of what happened to the missing American. As Ray and Coleman stalk each other through the narrow streets and canals, the hotels and bars of the beguiling city, Those Who Walk Away simmers with violence and unease. Originally published in 1967, this is vintage Highsmith.

Those who walk away

Those who walk away

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: eBook Release Date: 16/12/2016

Tragicheskaya i neob"e;yasnimaya gibel' zheny raskalyvaet nadvoe zhizn' Reya Garreta. Kazalos' by, molodyh suprugov, uvlechennyh kar'eroj v mire iskusstva, zhdalo bezoblachnoe budushchee, odnako vskore yunuyu zhenu nahodyat v vanne so vskrytymi venami. Versiya samoubijstva ne ustraivaet otca devushki, i, vstretivshis' v Venecii s byvshim zyatem, on otkryvaet na nego nastoyashchuyu ohotu. Na pustynnyh noyabr'skih naberezhnyh, gde slyshen tol'ko plesk svincovyh voln, oderzhimyj nenavist'yu presledovatel' podsteregaet svoyu zhertvu. Odnako posle dvuh neudachnyh pokushenij oni strannym obrazom menyayutsya rolyami...

Talented Mr Ripley Notebook A Virago Modern Classic

Talented Mr Ripley Notebook A Virago Modern Classic

Author: Patricia Highsmith, John Sutherland Format: Miscellaneous print Release Date: 03/10/2016

Using the cover artwork of our much-loved Virago Modern Classics hardback range, these elegant unlined notebooks celebrate three of our most popular titles: The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith; The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter; and Good Behaviour by Molly Keane. These beautiful notebooks are a must-have for all Virago fans - surely the most stylish way of collecting notes on your favourite books. Or maybe they will inspire you to write a novel of your own . . . Each notebook features a ribbon bookmark, high-quality paper and matching endpapers. The Talented Mr Ripley and The Magic Toyshop feature artwork by vintage textile designers Marian Mahler and Jacqueline Groag. Good Behaviour features a cover by award-winning designers Eley Kishimoto: http://www.eleykishimoto.com/

Talented Mr Ripley Mug A Virago Modern Classic

Talented Mr Ripley Mug A Virago Modern Classic

Author: Patricia Highsmith, John Sutherland Format: Miscellaneous print Release Date: 03/10/2016

Using the cover artwork of our much-loved Virago Modern Classics hardback range, these elegant porcelain mugs celebrate three of our most popular titles: The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith; The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter; and Good Behaviour by Molly Keane. They are a must-have for all Virago fans, and are surely the most stylish way to enjoy your morning coffee! Each mug is presented in a beautiful gift-box with corresponding artwork. The mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe. The Talented Mr Ripley and The Magic Toyshop feature artwork by vintage textile designers Marian Mahler and Jacqueline Groag. Good Behaviour features a cover by award-winning designers Eley Kishimoto: http://www.eleykishimoto.com/

Strangers on a Train A Virago Modern Classic

Strangers on a Train A Virago Modern Classic

Author: Patricia Highsmith, Claire Messud Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2016

The classic thriller behind the Hitchcock film, and Highsmith's first novel - soon to be remade by David Fincher, director of Gone Girl, with a screenplay by Gillian Flynn. The psychologists would call it folie a deux . . . 'Bruno slammed his palms together. Hey! Cheeses, what an idea! I kill your wife and you kill my father! We meet on a train, see, and nobody knows we know each other! Perfect alibis! Catch?''' From this moment, almost against his conscious will, Guy Haines is trapped in a nightmare of shared guilt and an insidious merging of personalities. 'The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer' The Times

Two Faces of January

Two Faces of January

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2016

CHester Makfarland - ves'ma obespechennyj chelovek, emu sorok dva, nedavno on zhenilsya na prelestnoj Kolette. I vse by horosho, no mahinacii, kotorye CHester sovershal s cennymi bumagami, vskrylis', i emu vmeste s molodoj suprugoj prishlos' pustit'sya v bega. Rajdelu Kineru dvadcat' pyat', on - neblagodarnyj i darovityj syn garvardskogo professora, porvavshij s sem'ej. Sluchajnaya vstrecha dvuh amerikancev v koridore grecheskoj gostinicy povlekla za soboj celuyu cheredu nepredskazuemyh i tragicheskih sobytij...

Talented Mr. Ripley

Talented Mr. Ripley

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: eBook Release Date: 30/06/2016

Tom Ripli, molodoj chelovek bez opredelennyh zanyatij, vstrechaet bogatogo predprinimatelya Gerberta Grinlifa, kotoryj nanimaet ego dlya delikatnogo dela: nuzhno vernut' ego syna Dikki iz Italii, gde tot prebyvaet uzhe dostatochno dolgo, plenennyj sredizemnomorskim klimatom i prelestyami svoej sputnicy. Ne bez nekotoryh kolebanij Tom soglashaetsya. Odnako ehto poruchenie neozhidanno okazyvaetsya dovol'no slozhnym, potomu chto Tomu tozhe ochen' nravitsya v Italii. Bolee togo, emu ochen' nravitsya tot obraz zhizni, kotoryj vedet Dikki. Vse glubzhe vnedryayas' v mir Dikki, Tom obnaruzhivaet v sebe vkus k bogatoj i izyskannoj zhizni i ponimaet, chto lyuboj cenoj dolzhen stat' Dikki Grinlifom... "e;Talantlivyj mister Ripli - pervyj roman iz serii psihologicheskih detektivov o Tome Ripli. V 1999 godu on byl blestyashche ehkranizirovan rezhisserom EHntoni Mingelloj, v glavnyh rolyah - Mehtt Dehjmon, Dzhud Lou, Gvinet Pehltrou.

Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction

Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2016

Named by The Times as the all-time number one crime writer, Patricia Highsmith was an author who broke new ground and defied genre cliches with novels such as The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train. In the classic creative writing guide Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction, Highsmith reveals her secrets for producing world-class crime and thrillers, from imaginative tips for generating ideas to useful ways of turning them into stunning stories.

People Who Knock on the Door A Virago Modern Classic

People Who Knock on the Door A Virago Modern Classic

Author: Patricia Highsmith, Sarah Hilary Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

People Who Knock on the Door, is a tale about blind faith and the slippery notion of justice that lies beneath the peculiarly American veneer of righteousness. 'A border zone of the macabre, the disturbing, the not quite accidental . . . Highsmith achieves the effect of the occult without any resources to supernatural machinery' New York Times Book Review In a pitiless story of prying suburban self-righteousness, Patricia Highsmith introduces the Alderman family as they descend into moral crisis. When small-town insurance salesman Richard Alderman becomes a born-again Christian, his once tight-knit family quickly begins to rip apart at the seams. He and his youngest son, Robbie, embrace their newfound faith, while his elder son Arthur rejects it. Caught in the middle of the ensuing web of lies, his wife, Lois, tries to keep the family together, but when the church elders start to interfere in Arthur's love life, events spiral toward violence. In this masterful late work, Highsmith weaves a powerful tale about blind faith and the peculiar ideas of justice that lie underneath the veneer of respectability.

This Sweet Sickness A Virago Modern Classic

This Sweet Sickness A Virago Modern Classic

Author: Patricia Highsmith, Sarah Hilary Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Too much love can be a bad thing. 'Highsmith was every bit as deviant and quirky as her mischievous heroes, and didn't seem to mind if everyone knew it' J. G. Ballard, Daily Telegraph David Kelsey has an invincible conviction that life is going to work out just as he has planned it - if he can just fix 'the situation'. His one true love, the brilliant, beautiful Annabelle, has married another man. But that doesn't mean they can't still be friends. And even though she is pregnant with her husband Gerald's baby, that surely doesn't mean she won't one day get back together with David. She still loves him, of that he is certain. David is sure she'll take him back, and, under an alias, is setting up a wonderful home for the two of them in a town close by. And everything is just about going to plan until things take a murderous turn, leaving David a desperate man on the run.

The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January

Author: Patricia Highsmith, Sarah Hilary Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

Now a major motion picture starring Viggo Mortenson and Kirsten Dunst. 'Highsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense' Mark Billingham Two men meet in the picturesque backstreets of Athens. Chester MacFarlane is a conman with multiple false identities, near the end of his rope and on the run with his young wife Colette. Rydal Keener is a young drifter looking for adventure: he finds it in one evening as the law catches up to Chester and Colette, and their fates become fatally entwined. Patricia Highsmith draws us deep into a cross-European game of cat and mouse in this masterpiece of suspense from the author of The Talented Mr Ripley.