The Selected Stories of Patricia Highsmith

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The Selected Stories of Patricia Highsmith

by Patricia Highsmith

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"The Selected Stories of Patricia Highsmith" presents five of Highsmith''s classic short story collections in a single masterful volume. Compelling, twisted, and fiercely intelligent, this landmark collection showcases Highsmith''s mastery of the short story form.
In a cruel twist of irony, Texas-born Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) is being recognized only after her death for her inestimable genius in her native land. With the savage humor of Waugh and the macabre sensibility of Poe, she brought a distinctly contemporary acuteness to her prolific body of noir fiction. Including over 60 short stories written throughout her career, collected together for the first time, "The Selected Stories" reveals the stunning versatility and terrifying power of Highsmith''s work.
These stories highlight the remarkable range of Highsmith''s powers—her unique ability to quickly, almost imperceptibly, draw out the mystery and strangeness of her subject, which appears achingly ordinary to our naked eye.
Whether writing about jaded wives or household pets, Highsmith continually upsets our expectations and presents a world frighteningly familiar to our own, where danger lurks around every turn. Stories from "The Animal-Lovers Book of Beastly Murders" portray, with incisive humor, the murderously competitive desires of our most trusted companions. In this viciously satirical reprise of Kafka, cats, dogs, and cockroaches are no longer necessary aspects of a happy home but actually have the power to destroy it. In the short sketches that make up the "Little Tales of Misogyny," Highsmith rediscovers predictable female characters—"The Dancer," "The Female Novelist," "The Prude"—and, throughscathing humor, invests them with uniquely destructive powers. As a writer, Highsmith was all too well aware of the stolid patriarchal conventions that ruled her day—her publisher rejected her second book out of handbecause of its homosexual content. She is not a polemicist, but, as stories like "Oona the Jolly Cave Woman" and "The Mobile Bed-Object" reveal, her bizarre, haunting fiction continually betrays the inadequacy of our conventional understanding of female character.
Highsmith eventually moved away from these coolly satiric, darkly comic exercises, and in her later collections, "The Black House," "Slowly, Slowly in the Wind," and "Mermaids on the Golf Course," she uses the warm familiarities of middle-class life—the manicured lawns, the cozy uptown apartments, the local pubs—as the backbone for her chilling portrayals. "The Black House," for instance, explores the small-town male camaraderie and the destructive secret it masks: in this world, the fact that everyone knows your name is more likely a curse than a blessing. In the title story of the final collection presented here, "Mermaids on a Golf-Course," a man''s extraordinary brush with death endows his everyday desires with fantastically devastating consequences.
In her later work, Highsmith adds a dimension of penetrating psychological insight, evoked most vividly in stories like "A Curious Suicide" and "The Stuff of Madness," where the precarious line between fantasy and reality is blurred and we experience the terrifying possibility of slipping between them.
Great writers view the world askew, and in their art they reflect our world back to us, slightly distorted. "The Selected Stories" revealsHighsmith''s deft and exacting style, her incisive satirical intelligence, and her faultless eye for depicting the inner tremblings of human character. Her world remains all the more frightening because we recognize it as our own.

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Patricia Highsmith Selected Novels and Short Stories

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Softcover: New. No Dust Jacket issued. BCE. Audience: General/trade. Different cover than image pictured. All but abandoned by the reading public in her lifetime, Patricia Highsmith helped influence half a century of literature and film. This book finally gives the author the canonical recognition she deserves. The meticulously plotted, genre-defying stories of Patricia Highsmith have enjoyed quite a renaissance in recent years, and that tradition continues with Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories, a riveting collection that features two of her most essential novels as well as a treasure trove of dazzling short stories. With an insightful critical introduction by Joan Schenkar, which does a masterful job in situating Highsmith s classic works within her own tumultuous life, this book acts as a handy primer to some of Highsmith s most deliciously seductive writing. Strangers on a Train (1950), later adapted into a legendary Alfred Hitchcock film, displays the author s uncanny knack for psychological characterization and tortuous suspense, while The Price of Salt (1952), with its lesbian lovers and highly creepy private investigator, provides a thrilling and highly controversial depiction of the love that dare not speak its name.

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