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    DescriptionPatricia 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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    Title
    The Talented Miss Highsmith
    Subtitle
    The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joan Schenkar
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 656
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 62 mm
    Weight: 962 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780312303754
    ISBN 10: 0312303750
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    DC22: 813.54
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000, BIO022000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BIC subject category V2: BGL
    DC22: 813/.54
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    B&T Approval Code: P26103930
    LC classification: PS3558.I366 Z87 2009
    LC subject heading:
    Illustrations note
    includes one 16 page black & white photo insert
    Publisher
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    08 January 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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
    Review quote
    "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."