The Highsmith Reader

by Patricia Highsmith
Foreword by Joan Schenkar

WW Norton | November 23, 2010 | Hardcover

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The remarkable renaissance of Patricia Highsmith continues with the publication of , 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. (1950), transformed into a legendary film by Alfred Hitchcock, displays Highsmith's genius for psychological characterization and tortuous suspense, while (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." 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 736 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.65 in

Published: November 23, 2010

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393080137

ISBN - 13: 9780393080131

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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The Highsmith Reader

The Highsmith Reader

by Patricia Highsmith
Foreword by Joan Schenkar

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 736 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.65 in

Published: November 23, 2010

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393080137

ISBN - 13: 9780393080131

From the Publisher

The remarkable renaissance of Patricia Highsmith continues with the publication of , 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. (1950), transformed into a legendary film by Alfred Hitchcock, displays Highsmith's genius for psychological characterization and tortuous suspense, while (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." 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.

About the Author

Joan Schenkar, the author of the highly acclaimed biography The Talented Miss Highsmith, lives in Paris and Greenwich Village.

Editorial 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 , this collection is proof positive that her savagely sedate prose expands far beyond her hero-villain Tom Ripley.” — Publishers Weekly