The Complete Ripley Novels

by Patricia Highsmith

W W Norton | October 14, 2008 | Hardcover

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No lover of American literature should be without this stunning boxed set of all five Ripley novels.

The Complete Ripley Novels-a first-time, boxed collection of the entire Ripley series-is a cause for critical and popular celebration. Its publication reflects the fact that Patricia Highsmith, "no more a practitioner of the murder mystery genre ... than are Dostoevsky, Faulkner and Camus" (Joan Smith, Los Angeles Times), has finally entered the American literary canon. Marginalized throughout her career as a mere thriller writer, Highsmith has experienced a remarkable renaissance since her death in 1995. Now Highsmith fans and new readers alike can find these five novels-The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley''s Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley, and Ripley Under Water-all housed under one roof in this brilliantly designed, highly collectible edition.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1520 pages, 9 × 6 × 5.75 in

Published: October 14, 2008

Publisher: W W Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393066339

ISBN - 13: 9780393066333

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The Complete Ripley Novels

by Patricia Highsmith

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1520 pages, 9 × 6 × 5.75 in

Published: October 14, 2008

Publisher: W W Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393066339

ISBN - 13: 9780393066333

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No lover of American literature should be without this stunning boxed set of all five Ripley novels.

The Complete Ripley Novels-a first-time, boxed collection of the entire Ripley series-is a cause for critical and popular celebration. Its publication reflects the fact that Patricia Highsmith, "no more a practitioner of the murder mystery genre ... than are Dostoevsky, Faulkner and Camus" (Joan Smith, Los Angeles Times), has finally entered the American literary canon. Marginalized throughout her career as a mere thriller writer, Highsmith has experienced a remarkable renaissance since her death in 1995. Now Highsmith fans and new readers alike can find these five novels-The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley''s Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley, and Ripley Under Water-all housed under one roof in this brilliantly designed, highly collectible edition.

About the Author

Patricia Highsmith wrote twenty-one novels including "Strangers on a Train"& the "Ripley" series. She died in 1995 in Switzerland, where she resided much of her life.

Editorial Reviews

[...] Novel after novel, the waters are troubled, masks rearranged on the face, as Highsmith shows us an individual unencumbered by constraints of legality or morality. Ripley is truly a self-made man, bringing us to silent recognition of the selfsame treacherous longings coiled and waiting in our hearts.

These are powerful books for their compelling character and the force of their narrative, certainly, yet still more so for all that goes on underneath. On the surface, we have imminently readable, fairly straightforward novels of suspense. But lurking in depths are coded tales of repressed sexuality; ontological questions of identity; an apologue of adolescence mimicking (lying) its way into adulthood; an allegory of the creative imagination and its perils. These are not things that we take away from the reading; rather, they are the things that take us, even if unaware, ever more deeply into the reading.... -- James Sallis "''The Complete Ripley Novels'' by Patricia Highsmith" (10/26/2008)