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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.

Featured books by Patricia Highsmith

The Talented Mr Ripley

The Talented Mr Ripley

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2021

'The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer' The Times 'Ripley, amoral, hedonistic and charming, is a genuinely original creation' Daily Telegraph 'He is using you for what you are worth' Tom Ripley wants money, success, and the good life - and he's willing to kill for it.Struggling to stay one step ahead of his creditors, and the law, Ripley leaps at the chance to start afresh on a free trip to Europe. But when his new-found happiness is threatened, his response is as swift as it is shocking. This is the first in Highsmith's classic series featuring the character of Tom Ripley. The Talented Mr Ripley also inspired the Academy Award-winning film starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law. One of the BBC's 100 Novels That Shaped Our World.

Other books by Patricia Highsmith

The Price of Salt

The Price of Salt

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2021

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.

Ripley's Game

Ripley's Game

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2021

'Marvellously, insanely readable... Highsmith has done it again' The Times There's no such thing as a perfect murder... That's just a parlor game, trying to dream one up. Tom Ripley is enjoying his wealthy lifestyle in France, until an associate asks him to kill someone again. But Ripley detests murder, unless it is absolutely necessary. Someone else should do the dirty work for them - yes, someone with no criminal record could earn a very generous fee for doing a couple of simple murders. Ripley's Game is the third book in Highsmith's Ripley series, and was made into a film starring John Malkovich.

Ripley Under Ground

Ripley Under Ground

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2021

You're always good on ideas, Tom... An American art collector is claiming that the expensive masterpiece he bought is a fake. He wants to meet with the artist - but Tom Ripley knows that artist no longer exits. Ripley needs to hide his role in the fraud, and keep his colleague's mouth shut. But not everyone's nerves are as steady as his, especially when it comes to murder. The second in Highsmith's Ripley series, Ripley Under Ground is set six years after the events of The Talented Mr Ripley. 'Patricia Highsmith is unrivalled' Daily Telegraph

The Cry of the Owl

The Cry of the Owl

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/04/2021

'Extraordinary... one of her finest novels' Guardian If everybody in the world didn't keep watching to see what everybody else did, we'd all go berserk. Jenny believes that sighting an owl is a portent of death. When she spots a stranger looking in through her window one night, she believes that he is an omen too. But fate doesn't work in the way that either of them expect. This novel of suspense and paranoia draws on Highsmith's own experience of being a stalker.

Talented Mr. Ripley (Heroes & Villains)

Talented Mr. Ripley (Heroes & Villains)

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

Vintage Heroes & Villains- A lineup of literature's most dastardly, devilish and daring characters Tom Ripley is struggling to stay one step ahead of his creditors, and the law, when an unexpected acquaintance offers him a free trip to Europe and a chance to start over. Ripley wants money, success and the good life and he's willing to kill for it. When his new-found happiness is threatened, his response is as swift as it is shocking.

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.

Patricia Highsmith: The Complete Short Stories

Patricia Highsmith: The Complete Short Stories

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/09/2017

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.

Talented Mr Ripley Notebook

Talented Mr Ripley Notebook

Author: Patricia Highsmith 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

Talented Mr Ripley Mug

Author: Patricia Highsmith 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/

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 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.

Small g: A Summer Idyll

Small g: A Summer Idyll

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2016

By the bestselling author of The Talented Mr Ripley, Carol and Strangers on a Train Completed just months before Patricia Highsmith's death in 1995, Small g explores the labyrinthine intricacies of passion, sexuality, and jealousy in a charming tale of love misdirected. 'What is most remarkable in this novel is the empathy . . . with which Highsmith writes about gay men . . . one can imagine the small g existing, a piquant mixture of bohemianism and respectability, exactly as Highsmith describes it' Francis King, Spectator At the 'small g', a Zurich bar known for its not exclusively gay clientele, the lives of a small community are played out one summer. Rickie Markwalder is a designer whose lover Petey was brutally murdered. Rickie and his performing dog Lulu are regulars at the bar, as are vindictive Renate, a seamstress, and her teenage apprentice Luisa. Into their lives comes Teddie, impressionable and beautiful, and a catalyst for the series of events that will change everything. Patricia Highsmith's final novel is an intricate exploration of love and sexuality, the depths of spite and the triumph of human kindness. It is a work that, in the tradition of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, shows us how bizarre and unpredictable love can be. Small g, in the words of her biographer Andrew Wilson, is an 'extended fairy tale suggesting that...happiness is precarious and...romance should be embraced.'

A Game for the Living

A Game for the Living

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2016

By the bestselling author of The Talented Mr Ripley, Carol and Strangers on a Train 'I love Highsmith so much . . . What a revelation her writing is' Gillian Flynn 'Ramon had done it. Obviously! He thought about Ramon, his Catholic soul trapped in his passion for Lelia. He'd find Ramon and see that he paid with his life for what he had done.' In A Game for the Living threads of sexual jealousy and guilt are shot through with all Patricia Highsmith's uncanny talent for the unexpected. Mild-mannered Theo is a wealthy German expatriate; hot-tempered Ramon was born into poverty in Mexico City. The two men are unlikely friends - especially as they are in love with the same woman. When Lelia is found brutally murdered, both lovers are suspects - and each suspects the other. But then they discover that a thief was seen at Lelia's apartment, and their hunt leads them on a frantic chase to sun-drenched Acapulco. Theo begins to get the uneasy feeling that his every move is being watched.

A Dog's Ransom

A Dog's Ransom

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2016

By the bestselling author of The Talented Mr Ripley, Carol and Strangers on a Train 'Highsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense' Mark Billingham 'Dear Sir, I suppose you are pretty pleased with yourself? Superior to everyone, you think. A fancy apartment and a snob dog. You are a disgusting little machine, nothing else. Your days are numbered.' Ed Reynolds, an editor at a prestigious publishing house, has received a number of anonymous poison pen letters. He has no idea who could bear him such a grudge. Returning home one night, he finds a ransom note for his wife's beloved French poodle: 'I have your dog Lisa. She is well and happy . . . I gather the dog is important to you? We'll see!' The criminal has hit the Manhattan couple where it hurts most. And so, with this bizarre event, their nightmare begins. A Dog's Ransom captures the fragility of middle-class life in this riveting, scathing tale.