October 28, 2003
W W Norton
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0393325008
ISBN - 13: 9780393325003
From the Publisher
THE PATRICIA HIGHSMITH RENAISSANCE continues with Nothing That Meets the Eye, a brilliant collection of twenty-eight psychologically penetrating stories, a great majority of which are published for the first time in this collection. This volume spans almost fifty years of Highsmith's career and establishes her as a permanent member of our American literary canon, as attested by recent publication of two of these stories in The New Yorker and Harper's.
About the Author
As a writer of novels, short stories, and teleplays, Highsmith is known for her character studies exploring people's darker side---the side of an apparently moral person who is capable of murder. Highsmith likes to examine the ways in which people can get to the point at which they are capable of murder, as well as who they become after they have committed a crime. In carefully constructed stories and novels, she integrates this scrutiny of the human psyche into complex plots that often take unexpected twists. An example is her first novel, Strangers on a Train (1950), in which architect Guy Haines meets Charles Bruno on a train. Bruno conceives a plan to have Haines kill Bruno's father, while Bruno will kill Haines's wife. The effect that this plan has on Haines is the focus of the story. Highsmith does not publish a great amount of fiction, but when she does, her work is always among the best in the genre.
"One of the exhilarating effects of reading Highsmith's stories ... is the greatly enlarged sense of her range and energy ... in their surehandedness, their amazing breadth and abundance ... [these stories] compel attention and they add significantly to her already formidable presence."