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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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Other books by Patricia Highsmith

Under a Dark Angel's Eye

Under a Dark Angel's Eye

Author: Patricia Highsmith, Carmen Maria Machado Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2021

* 'By opening this book, you've given Patricia Highsmith permission to follow you, catch you, take you apart. Get ready to run' CARMEN MARIA MACHADO * 'Every story shimmers like a dark gem as Highsmith turns her gimlet eye on domesticity, suburban madness, toxic families and the loneliness of childhood. Often mordantly funny and always psychologically acute, this collection is not to be missed' MEGAN ABBOTT * 'The sheer macabre, amoral brilliance of Patricia Highsmith surely makes her one the finest writers in the English language' RICHARD OSMAN INTRODUCED BY CARMEN MARIA MACHADO Patricia Highsmith was one of the great twentieth-century fiction writers, celebrated for classics The Talented Mr Ripley, Carol and Strangers on a Train, but she was also a masterful and prolific short-story writer. This definitive new collection, featuring two stories that have never been published before, confirms Highsmith as a genius of the genre. Peerlessly disturbing, exhilarating and savagely funny, Highsmith's stories still have the power to startle, presenting a world that is frighteningly familiar and as relevant today as when they were written. * Includes two newly discovered stories * This is the only volume of Highsmith's stories to select from a lifetime of short-story writing

Under a Dark Angel's Eye

Under a Dark Angel's Eye

Author: Patricia Highsmith, Carmen Maria Machado Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2021

* 'By opening this book, you've given Patricia Highsmith permission to follow you, catch you, take you apart. Get ready to run' CARMEN MARIA MACHADO * 'Every story by the unparalleled master Patricia Highsmith shimmers like a dark gem as she turns her gimlet eye on domesticity, suburban madness, toxic families, the loneliness of childhood. Often mordantly funny and always psychologically acute, this collection is not to be missed' MEGAN ABBOTT INTRODUCED BY CARMEN MARIA MACHADO Patricia Highsmith was one of the great twentieth-century fiction writers, celebrated for classics The Talented Mr Ripley, Carol and Strangers on a Train, but she was also a masterful and prolific short-story writer. This definitive new collection, featuring two stories that have never been published before, reveals Highsmith as a genius of the genre. Peerlessly disturbing, exhilarating and savagely funny, Highsmith's stories still have the power to startle, presenting a world that is frighteningly familiar and as relevant today as when they were written. * Includes two newly discovered stories * This is the only volume of Highsmith's stories to select from a lifetime of writing short fiction

The Price of Salt

The Price of Salt

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/11/2020

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.

The Talented Mr Ripley

The Talented Mr Ripley

Author: Patricia Highsmith, John Sutherland Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/11/2020

A stunning hardback edition of one of the most influential, groundbreaking crime novels ever written. 'I'm a huge Highsmith fan. If there's one book I wish I'd written, it's The Talented Mr Ripley' Sarah Waters Tom Ripley travels to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself very fond of Dickie Greenleaf. He wants to be like him - exactly like him. Suave, agreeable and utterly amoral, Ripley will stop at nothing to accomplish his goal. The Talented Mr. Ripley serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confident man, whose talent for murder and self-invention is chronicled in four subsequent Ripley novels.

Deep Water

Deep Water

Author: Patricia Highsmith, Gillian Flynn, Gillian Flynn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2020

'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

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.

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Author: Patricia Highsmith, Paula Hawkins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2017

Just in time for the centennial celebration of groundbreaking noir fiction writer Patricia Highsmith comes a reissue of her propulsive, engrossing debut, Strangers on a Train, with a new introduction by best-selling author Paula Hawkins. Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno are passengers on the same train. Haines is a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, Bruno a mysterious smooth-talker with a sadistic proposal: he'll murder Haines's wife if Haines will murder Bruno's father. As Bruno carries out his twisted plan, Guy finds himself trapped in Highsmith's perilous world, where, under the right circumstances, ordinary people are capable of extraordinary crimes. The inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film, Strangers on a Train launched Highsmith's prolific career, proving her a master at depicting 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.

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.

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 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/

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/

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

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.