Beautiful Shadow

Beautiful Shadow : A Life of Patricia Highsmith

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Patricia Highsmith - author of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN and THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY - had more than her fair share of secrets. During her life, she felt uncomfortable about discussing the source of her fiction and refused to answer questions about her private life. Yet after her death in February 1995, Highsmith left behind a vast archive of personal documents - diaries, notebooks and letters - which detail the links between her life and her work. Drawing on these intimate papers, together with material gleaned from her closest friends and lovers, Andrew Wilson has written the first biography of an author described by Graham Greene as the 'poet of apprehension'. Wilson illuminates the dark corners of Highsmith's life, casts light on mysteries of the creative process and reveals the secrets that the writer chose to keep hidden until after her death.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 130 x 188 x 40mm | 498.95g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • photographs on plates.
  • 0747568553
  • 9780747568551
  • 845,149

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'A fascinating, beautifully balanced and meticulously researched biography, bringing us as close to understanding Highsmith as we are ever likely to get' Sunday Telegraph 'Wilson has delved with extraordinary diligence, and everything he has unearthed is remarkable' Mail on Sunday 'Excellent and outstandingly readable ... Brilliant and compelling' Daily Mail 'An exemplary biography of a tortured, difficult and outstandingly gifted human being' Sunday Times
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About Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson is a journalist who has written for most of Britain's national newspapers, including the DAILY TELEGRAPH, the GUARDIAN, the INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY and the DAILY MAIL. This is his first book.
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"Andrew Wilsons faszinierende, wunderbar ausgewogene und detailliert recherchierte Biographie untersucht die dunklen Obsessionen, die eine Figur wie Tom Ripley entstehen ließen. Wir erfahren alles über die Person Patricia Highsmith und kommen damit auch der Autorin so nah wie möglich." (P.D. James im 'Telegraph')
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