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Patricia Highsmith : Selected Novels and Short Stories - Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith

Selected Novels and Short Stories

By: Patricia Highsmith, Joan Schenkar (Introduction by, Editor)

Hardcover Published: 6th December 2010
ISBN: 9780393080131
Number Of Pages: 644

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The remarkable renaissance of Patricia Highsmith continues with the publication of The Highsmith Reader, featuring two groundbreaking novels as well as a trove of penetrating short stories. With a critical introduction by Joan Schenkar, situating Highsmith's classic works within her own tumultuous life, this book provides a useful guide to some of her most dazzlingly seductive writing. Strangers on a Train (1950), transformed into a legendary film by Alfred Hitchcock, displays Highsmith's genius for psychological characterization and tortuous suspense, while The Price of Salt (1952), with its lesbian lovers and a creepy PI, provides a thrilling and highly controversial depiction of "the love that dare not speak its name." The Highsmith Reader firmly establishes Highsmith's centrality to American culture by presenting key works that went on to influence a half-century of literature and film. Abandoned by the wider reading public in her lifetime, Highsmith finally gets the canonical recognition that is her due.

Industry Reviews

"Starred Review. The short stories range in tone from the truly unsettling ("A Mighty Nice Man"; "Oona, the Jolly Cave Woman") to the biting ("The Baby Spoon"; "Not One of Us"). While Highsmith may be best known for The Talented Mr. Ripley, this collection is proof positive that her savagely sedate prose expands far beyond her hero-villain Tom Ripley." -- Publishers Weekly

ISBN: 9780393080131
ISBN-10: 0393080137
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 644
Published: 6th December 2010
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.8  x 5.1
Weight (kg): 1.05