Highsmith, Patricia

Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers which have led to more than two dozen film adaptations over the years. She lived with her grandmother, mother and later step-father (her mother divorced her natural father six months before 'Patsy' was born and married Stanley Highsmith) in Fort Worth before moving with her parents to New York in 1927 but returned to live with her grandmother for a year in 1933. Returning to her parents in New York, she attended public schools in New York City and later graduated from Barnard College in 1942. Shortly after graduation her short story 'The Heroine' was published in the Harper's Bazaar magazine and it was selected as one of the 22 best stories that appeared in American magazines in 1945 and it won the O Henry award for short stories in 1946. She continued to write short stories, many of them comic book stories, and regularly earned herself a weekly $55 pay-check. During this period of her life she lived variously in New York and Mexico. Her first suspense novel 'Strangers on a Train' published in 1950 was an immediate success with public and critics alike. The novel has been adapted for the screen three times, most notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. In 1955 her anti-hero Tom Ripley appeared in the splendid 'The Talented Mr Ripley', a book that was awarded the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere as the best foreign mystery novel translated into French in 1957. This book, too, has been the subject of a number of film versions. Ripley appeared again in 'Ripley Under Ground' in 1970, in 'Ripley's Game' in 1974, 'The boy who Followed Ripley' in 1980 and in 'Ripley Under Water' in 1991. Along with her acclaimed series about Ripley, she wrote 22 novels and eight short story collections plus many other short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humour. She also wrote one novel, non-mystery, under the name Claire Morgan, plus a work of non-fiction 'Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction' and a co-written book of children's verse, 'Miranda the Panda Is on the Veranda'. She latterly lived in England and France and was more popular in England than in her native United States. Her novel 'Deep Water', 1957, was called by the Sunday Times one of the "most brilliant analyses of psychosis in America" and Julian Symons once wrote of her "Miss Highsmith is the writer who fuses character and plot most successfully ... the most important crime novelist at present in practice." In addition, Michael Dirda observed "Europeans honoured her as a psychological novelist, part of an existentialist tradition represented by her own favorite writers, in particular Dostoevsky, Conrad, Kafka, Gide, and Camus." She died of leukemia in Locarno, Switzerland on 4 February 1995 and her last novel, 'Small g: a Summer Idyll', was published posthumously a month later.

Extraños en un tren Highsmith, Patricia

La intriga de esta novela está basada en la idea de un crimen sin móviles, un crimen perfecto: dos desconocidos acuerdan asesinar cada uno al enemigo del otro, proporcionándose así una coartada indestructible. Bruno: alcohólico, con problemas edípicos, homosexual latente viaja en el mismo tren que Guy: ambicioso, trabajador, adaptado. Empieza a conversar y Bruno, demoníacamente, fuerza al otro a hablar, a descubrir su punto débil, la única grieta en su ordenada existencia: Guy quisiera ...

El talento de Mr. Ripley Highsmith, Patricia

¿Quién es Tom Ripley? ¿Un asesino? ¿Un psicópata? Su fría mirada esconde las más terribles intenciones y su mente calculadora maquina planes para escapar de la policía. Ha recibido el encargo de viajar a Italia y convencer al hijo bohemio de un adinerado empresario norteamericano para que vuelva a casa. A pleno sol es la película que René Clément filmó sobre esta historia. Anthony Minghella rodó otra versión, titulada El talento de Mr. Ripley....

La máscara de Ripley Highsmith, Patricia

¿Qué fue del joven Tom Ripley, el protagonista de El talento de Ripley, con quien Patricia Highsmith sorprendió tanto a los lectores como a la crítica? ¿Sigue siendo sospechoso de la muerte de su amigo? ¿O, por el contrario, vive ajeno a cualquier sentimiento de culpa? ¿Habrá logrado la vida acomodada que tanto anhelaba? A todas estas preguntas responde Patricia Highsmith en La máscara de Ripley, pero también abre nuevos interrogantes en torno a la turbulenta vida de su protagonista. C...

El amigo americano Highsmith, Patricia

Tom Ripley, el ambiguo y seductor personaje de Patricia Higlismith, inspiró la película a pleno sol, de René Clément, y, posteriormente, El amigo americano, de Wim Wetiders. Wim Wenders siempre ha estado fascinado por el universo turbio de Patricia Highsmith: "A partir de una mentira inocente, de una confortable traición, se desarrolla de repente una historia horrible... un torbellino que no puede evitarse porque se conoce demasiado bien. Esto nos puede suceder a cada uno de nosotros. Y de ...

The Price of Salt Highsmith, Patricia

The Price of Salt (1952) is a romance novel by Patricia Highsmith, written under the pseudonym Claire Morgan. The author known as a suspense writer following the publication of her previous book, Strangers on a Train became notorious due to the story's latent lesbian content and happy ending, the latter having been unprecedented in homosexual fiction....

Strangers on a Train Highsmith, Patricia

With the acclaim for The Talented Mr. Ripley, more film projects in production, and two biographies forthcoming, expatriate legend Patricia Highsmith would be shocked to see that she has finally arrived in her homeland. Throughout her career, Highsmith brought a keen literary eye and a genius for plumbing the psychopathic mind to more than thirty works of fiction, unparalleled in their placid deviousness and sardonic humor. With deadpan accuracy, she delighted in creating true sociopaths in the ...

Deep water Highsmith, Patricia

In Deep Water, set in the small town of Little Wesley, Vic and Melinda Meller's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic tries to win her back by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder ”one that soon comes true....

Deep Water Highsmith, Patricia

The great revival of interest in Patricia Highsmith continues with this work that reveals the chilling reality behind the idyllic facade of American suburban life.In Deep Water, set in the small town of Little Wesley, Vic and Melinda Meller's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic tries to win her back by asser...

Ripley Under Water Highsmith, Patricia

Now part of American film and literary lore, Tom Ripley, "a bisexual psychopath and art forger who murders without remorse when his comforts are threatened" (New York Times Book Review), was Patricia Highsmith's favorite creation. In these volumes, we find Ripley ensconced on a French estate with a wealthy wife, a world-class art collection, and a past to hide. In Ripley Under Ground (1970), an art forgery goes awry and Ripley is threatened with exposure; in The Boy Who Followed Ripley (1980), H...

The Price of Salt Highsmith, Patricia

Now recognized as a masterwork, the scandalous novel that anticipated Nabokov's Lolita."I have long had a theory that Nabokov knew The Price of Salt and modeled the climactic cross-country car chase in Lolita on Therese and Carol's frenzied bid for freedom," writes Terry Castle in The New Republic about this novel, arguably Patricia Highsmith's finest, first published in 1952 under the pseudonym Clare Morgan. Soon to be a new film, The Price of Salt tells the riveting story of Therese Belivet, a...

Ripley under ground Highsmith, Patricia

In this harrowing illumination of the psychotic mind, the enviable Tom Ripley has a lovely house in the French countryside, a beautiful and very rich wife, and an art collection worthy of a connoisseur. But such a gracious life has not come easily. One inopportune inquiry, one inconvenient friend, and Ripley's world will come tumbling down--unless he takes decisive steps. In a mesmerizing novel that coolly subverts all traditional notions of literary justice, Ripley enthralls us even as we watch...

Ripley's Game Highsmith, Patricia

With its sinister humor and genius plotting, Ripley's Game is an enduring portrait of a compulsive, sociopathic American antihero.Living on his posh French estate with his elegant heiress wife, Tom Ripley, on the cusp of middle age, is no longer the striving comer of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Having accrued considerable wealth through a long career of crime—forgery, extortion, serial murder—Ripley still finds his appetite unquenched and longs to get back in the game. In Ripley's Game, first p...