The Talented Miss Highsmith

The Talented Miss Highsmith

The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith

Book - 2009
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Patricia Highsmith, one of the great writers of 20th Century American fiction, had a life as darkly compelling as that of her favorite "hero-criminal," talented Tom Ripley. In this revolutionary biography, Joan Schenkar paints a riveting portrait, from Highsmith's birth in Texas to Hitchcock's filming of her first novel, Strangers On a Train, to her long, strange, self-exile in Europe. We see her as a secret writer for the comics, a brilliant creator of disturbing fictions, and erotic predator with dozens of women (and a few good men) on her love list. The Talented Miss Highsmith is the first literary biography with access to Highsmith's whole story: her closest friends, her oeuvre, her archives. It's a compulsive page-turner unlike any other, a book worthy of Highsmith herself.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312303754
0312303750
Branch Call Number: 813.54 HIGHSMIT
Characteristics: xx, 684 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map, facsimiles ; 25 cm.

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Jan 11, 2010

This was slow going for me. So slow that I did not finish it. Interesting approach to biography, but ultimately it did not hold my attention.

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