The Talented Miss Highsmith

The Talented Miss Highsmith : The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith

By (author) Joan Schenkar


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Patricia Highsmith, one of the great writers of 20th Century American fiction, had a life as darkly compelling as that of her favorite 'hero-criminal', talented Tom Ripley. In this revolutionary biography, Joan Schenkar paints a riveting portrait, from Highsmith's birth in Texas to Hitchcock's filming of her first novel, "Strangers On a Train", to her long, strange, self-exile in Europe. We see her as a secret writer for the comics, a brilliant creator of disturbing fictions, and erotic predator with dozens of women (and a few good men) on her love list. "The Talented Miss Highsmith" is the first literary biography with access to Highsmith's whole story: her closest friends, her oeuvre, her archives. It's a compulsive page-turner unlike any other, a book worthy of Highsmith herself.

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  • Hardback | 656 pages
  • 162 x 238 x 62mm | 961.61g
  • 08 Jan 2010
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York
  • English
  • includes one 16 page black & white photo insert
  • 0312303750
  • 9780312303754
  • 104,803

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JOAN SCHENKAR is the author of "Truly Wilde: The Unsettling Story of Dolly Wilde "as well as a collection of plays, "Signs of Life: 6 Comedies of Menace. "She lives in Paris and Greenwich Village

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"Joan Schenkar is the first writer to grapple with Patricia Highsmith on every level of her being, from her bizarre personal life to her incredibly prolific writing life. It's hard to avoid superlatives when describing Schenkar's biography, but there doesn't seem to be any other way to go about it." - Deirdre Bair, author of Samuel Beckett, winner of the National Book Award."

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