192 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 in
November 8, 2011
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0802145639
ISBN - 13: 9780802145635
From the Publisher
The legendary writer Patricia Highsmith is best remembered today for her chilling psychological thrillers The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train, which was made into the classic film by Alfred Hitchcock and Raymond Chandler. A critically-acclaimed best seller in Europe, Highsmith struggled during her life for recognition in the United States, but since her death in 1995 Highsmith's reputation has grown tremendously, and she is now recognized as one of the signature voices of the troubled twentieth century. "When the dust has settled," critic A.N. Wilson wrote, "and when the chronicle of twentieth-century American literature comes to be written, history will place Highsmith at the top of the pyramid, as we should place Dostoevsky at the top of the Russian hierarchy of novelists."
Tales of Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes is the last short fiction published during Highsmith's lifetime. The ten eerily up-to-date stories chronicle a world gone slightly mad; environmental degradation, apocalyptic disaster, political chaos, and religious conservatism are captured in incisive prose that leaves us haunted with "afterimages that will tremble-but stay-in our minds" ( The New Yorker ).
About the Author
Patricia Highsmith was born in Texas in 1921, raised in New York, and lived most of her adult life in Europe. A graduate of Barnard College, prior to her career as a novelist, Highsmith wrote stories for comic books and, on Truman Capote's recommendation, was a resident at Yaddo. She was the author of 22 novels and seven collections of stories. She died in 1995.