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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

Other books by Patricia Highsmith

The Complete Ripley Novels

The Complete Ripley Novels

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/09/2008

First published in 2008, The Complete Ripley Novels, brilliantly designed in a handsome slipcase, sold out its initial run. This collector's item, featuring all five classic Ripley novels-The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley, and Ripley Under Water-returns with a new printing on the twentieth anniversary of Patricia Highsmith's death in 1995. The Highsmith literary renaissance, initially sparked by a 1999 film adaptation of The Talented Mr. Ripley-which introduced fans and new readers alike to the unforgettable Tom Ripley, the debonair confidence man with a talent for self-invention and murder-continues in full force with three major Highsmith movies in the offing as well as the republication of this volume, the most sinister and strangely alluring quintet the crime fiction genre has ever produced (Entertainment Weekly).

The PLPR5:Talented Mr Ripley

The PLPR5:Talented Mr Ripley

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2008

Contemporary / American English (Available June 2008) Tom Ripley goes to Italy. He needs to find Dickie Greenleaf. Dickie's father wants him to go back to America. But Tom wants to stay in Italy, and he will do anything to get what he wants. The Talented Mr Ripley is now an exciting movie with Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law.

Level 4: Strangers on a Train

Level 4: Strangers on a Train

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2008

Pearson English Readers bring language learning to life through the joy of reading. Well-written stories entertain us, make us think, and keep our interest page after page. Pearson English Readers offer teenage and adult learners a huge range of titles, all featuring carefully graded language to make them accessible to learners of all abilities. Through the imagination of some of the world's greatest authors, the English language comes to life in pages of our Readers. Students have the pleasure and satisfaction of reading these stories in English, and at the same time develop a broader vocabulary, greater comprehension and reading fluency, improved grammar, and greater confidence and ability to express themselves. Find out more at english.com/readers

Small g

Small g

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2005

In unmistakable Highsmithian fashion, Small g, Patricia Highsmith's final novel, opens near a seedy Zurich bar with the brutal murder of Petey Ritter. Unraveling the vagaries of love, sexuality, jealousy, and death, Highsmith weaves a mystery both hilarious and astonishing, a classic fairy tale executed with a characteristic penchant for darkness. Published in paperback for the first time in America, Small g is at once an exorcism of Highsmith's literary demons and a revelatory capstone to a wholly remarkable career. It is a delightfully incantatory work that, in the tradition of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, shows us how bizarre and unpredictable love can be.

The Black House

The Black House

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2005

Horrific tragedy becomes disturbingly ordinary in The Black House, a masterful collection of short stories, written during a particularly dark time in Patricia Highsmith's life. As readers will discover, the work eerily evokes the warm familiarities of suburban life: the manicured lawns, the white picket fences, and the local pubs, each providing the backbone for her chilling portraits. Seemingly small indiscretions and infidelities-along with love affairs and murder-consume the characters that commit them. Cycles of destructive jealousy overwhelm the cheating protagonists of Blow It and When in Rome, and the title story explores small-town male camaraderie and the destructive secret it masks. This enthralling collection of eleven stories presents Highsmith at her finest: melancholy, suspenseful, and sizzling with a powerful awareness of human emotion.

The Price of Salt, or Carol

The Price of Salt, or Carol

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2004

Patricia Highsmith's story of romantic obsession may be one of the most important, but still largely unrecognized, novels of the twentieth century. First published in 1952 and touted as the novel of a love that society forbids, the book soon became a cult classic. Based on a true story plucked from Highsmith's own life, The Price of Salt (or Carol) tells the riveting drama of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose routine is forever shattered by a gorgeous epiphany-the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer who comes in to buy her daughter a Christmas toy. Therese begins to gravitate toward the alluring suburban housewife, who is trapped in a marriage as stultifying as Therese's job. They fall in love and set out across the United States, ensnared by society's confines and the imminent disapproval of others, yet propelled by their infatuation. The Price of Salt is a brilliantly written story that may surprise Highsmith fans and will delight those discovering her work.

Deep Water

Deep Water

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2003

Vic and Melinda Van Allen's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby, in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic can no longer suppress his jealousy and tries to win back his wife by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder-one that soon comes true. In this complex portrayal of a dangerous psychosis emerging in the most unlikely of places, Highsmith examines the chilling reality behind the idyllic facade of American suburban life.

This Sweet Sickness

This Sweet Sickness

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2002

David Kelsey, a young scientist, has an unyielding conviction that life will turn out all right for him; he just has to fix the Situation: he is in love with a married woman. Obsessed with Annabelle and the life he has imagined for them-including the fully furnished cabin he maintains for her-David prepares to win her over, whatever it takes. In this riveting tale of a deluded loner, Highsmith reveals her uncanny ability to draw out the secret obsessions that overwhelm the human heart.

The Talented Mr Ripley

The Talented Mr Ripley

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2001

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 again. But how does Ripley act when his new happiness is threatened? A gripping tale of murderous ambition, recently filmed starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Cate Blanchett.

The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game

The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2000

Three classic crime novels by a master of the macabre - The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, and Ripley's Game - appear here together in hardcover for the first time. Suave, agreeable, and completely amoral, Patricia Highsmith's hero, the inimitable Tom Ripley, stops at nothing - not even murder - to accomplish his goals. In achieving the opulent life that he was denied as a child, Ripley shows himself to be a master of illusion and manipulation and a disturbingly sympathetic combination of genius and psychopath. Sent on a mission to Italy to coax an irresponsible young playboy back to his wealthy father in America, Ripley finds himself so fond of the young man that he sets out to be like him - exactly like him. The precarious charade that ensues is the first step to a life of elegance and ease - and perpetual danger. As she leads us through the mesmerizing tangle of Ripley's deadly and sinister games, Highsmith turns the mystery genre inside out and takes us into the mind of a man utterly indifferent to evil.

The Cry of the Owl

The Cry of the Owl

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/1999

Robert Forester didn't look like the kind of man to be a prowler. His ex-wife had told the police he was erratic, liable to violence, had evenfired a gun at her. Maybe he was psychopathic murderer...

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/08/1999

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.

Ripley's Game

Ripley's Game

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/1999

Tom Ripley detested murder. Unless it was absolutely necessary. Wherever possible, he preferred someone else to do the dirty work. In this case someone with no criminal record, who would commit 'two simple murders' for a very generous fee.

The Talented Mr Ripley

The Talented Mr Ripley

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/1999

'The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer' The Times 'Ripley, amoral, hedonistic and charming, is a genuinely original creation' Daily Telegraph 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. **One of the BBC's 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**

Ripley Under Ground

Ripley Under Ground

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/1999

The Buckmaster Gallery is staging another Derwatt exhibition, but now an American collector claims that the expensive masterpiece he bought three years ago is a fake. It is, of course, and he wants to talk to Derwatt, but Derwatt, inconveniently, is dead. Ripley needs the perfect solution to keep his role in the fraud a secret and his reputation clean but not everyone's nerves are as steady as his. Especially when it comes to murder...

Complete Ripley Radio Mysteries, The

Complete Ripley Radio Mysteries, The

Author: Patricia Highsmith Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Ian Hart stars in these BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Patricia Highsmith's five Ripley novels. Tom Ripley detests murder unless it is absolutely necessary. He prefers someone else to do the dirty work. But if he's called on to act there is no one more cool, calculating and clever. In these dramatisations, BBC Radio 4 brings all Patricia Highsmith's Ripley novels together in one thrilling series. In 'The Talented Mr Ripley', Tom makes a bid for another man's inheritance and succeeds, but has he really got away with it? 'Ripley Under Ground' is set a few years later, when Tom is living in luxury in a French chateau with his beautiful wife Heloise - but the clever art forgery which funds Tom's expensive tastes is about to be uncovered. In 'Ripley's Game', Tom sets up a man he dislikes to carry out two perfect murders, while in 'The Boy Who Followed Ripley', a rich young stalker arrives at Belle Ombre and he and Tom end up fighting for their lives. Finally, in 'Ripley Under Water', strange new neighbours show an overdeveloped interest in Ripley's past. Will Tom's shady dealings be exposed? Tense, thrilling and atmospheric, these dramatisations are perfect evocations of Highsmith's unique, complex and brilliantly twisted crime novels.