Patricia Highsmith on Screen

Patricia Highsmith on Screen

This book is the first full-length study to focus on the various film adaptations of Patricia Highsmith’s novels, which have been a popular source for adaptation since Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1952).

Author: Wieland Schwanebeck

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319960500

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 294

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This book is the first full-length study to focus on the various film adaptations of Patricia Highsmith’s novels, which have been a popular source for adaptation since Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1952). The collection of essays examines films such as The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Two Faces of January, and Carol, includes interviews with Highsmith adaptors and provides a comprehensive filmography of all existing Highsmith adaptations. Particular attention is paid to queer subtexts, mythological underpinnings, philosophical questioning, contrasting media environments and formal conventions in diverse generic contexts. Produced over the space of seventy years, these adaptations reflect broad cultural and material shifts in film production and critical approaches to film studies. The book is thus not only of interest to Highsmith admirers but to anyone interested in adaptation and transatlantic film history.
Categories: Performing Arts

Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith

Provides a critical analysis of the late author's novels and short stories

Author: Russell Harrison

Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA

ISBN: UOM:39015041625842

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 156

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Provides a critical analysis of the late author's novels and short stories
Categories: Literary Criticism

Eleven

Eleven

Here naturalists meet gruesome ends and unhinged heroes disturb our sympathies. This is a captivating, important collection from ?one of the truly brilliant short-story writers of the twentieth century” (Otto Penzler).

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802145307

Category: Fiction

Page: 191

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The legendary writer Patricia Highsmith is best remembered today for her chilling psychological thrillers The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train. A critically acclaimed best seller in Europe, Highsmith has for too long been underappreciated in the United States. Starting in 2011, Grove Press will begin to reissue nine of Highsmith's works. Eleven is Highsmith's first collection of short stories, an arresting group of dark masterpieces of obsession and foreboding, violence and instability. Here naturalists meet gruesome ends and unhinged heroes disturb our sympathies. This is a captivating, important collection from ?one of the truly brilliant short-story writers of the twentieth century” (Otto Penzler). Includes an introduction by Graham Greene.
Categories: Fiction

A Critical Study of the Fiction of Patricia Highsmith from the Psychological to the Political

A Critical Study of the Fiction of Patricia Highsmith  from the Psychological to the Political

This is the first book-length study of all of Highsmith's work, including the short fiction and her occasional writings, such as book reviews.

Author: Noel Mawer

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015060625061

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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This is the first book-length study of all of Highsmith's work, including the short fiction and her occasional writings, such as book reviews. It places the work in both cultural and personal context, and contains a comprehensive bibliography and review of the literature. Though often dismissed in the US as simply a suspense writer whose books became movies (Strangers on a Train, The Talented Mr. Ripley), in Europe Highsmith is considered a major novelist and much is written about her.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Cry of the Owl

The Cry of the Owl

By the bestselling author of The Talented Mr Ripley, Carol and Strangers on a Train Robert Forester, depressed after a painful divorce, begins to spy on Jenny, his pretty young neighbour.

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349004693

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Robert Forester, depressed after a painful divorce, begins to spy on Jenny, his pretty young neighbour. Watching her, bright and seemingly carefree, alleviates his loneliness and helps him escape the discontent of his life. Caught in the act, he is surprised when Jenny invites him in, but all is not what it seems. With striking clarity and horrible inevitability, Forester becomes caught up in a series of deaths in which he, although the innocent bystander, is presumed guilty. 'The No.1 Greatest Crime Writer' The Times
Categories: Fiction

The Glass Cell

The Glass Cell

But prison can change a man. In 1961, Patricia Highsmith received a fan letter from a prison inmate. A correspondence ensued and Highsmith became fascinated with the psychological traumas that incarceration can inflict.

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349004969

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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'The Glass Cell has lost little of its disturbing power . . . Highsmith was a genuine one-off, and her books will haunt you' Daily Telegraph Philip Carter has spent six years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. On his release his beautiful wife is waiting for him. He has never had any reason to doubt her. Nor their friend, Sullivan. Carter has never been suspicious, or violent. But prison can change a man. In 1961, Patricia Highsmith received a fan letter from a prison inmate. A correspondence ensued and Highsmith became fascinated with the psychological traumas that incarceration can inflict.
Categories: Fiction

Devils Lusts and Strange Desires

Devils  Lusts and Strange Desires

However, there has never been a clear picture of the woman behind the books.

Author: Richard Bradford

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781448218059

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 473

'My New Year's Eve Toast: to all the devils, lusts, passions, greeds, envies, loves, hates, strange desires, enemies ghostly and real, the army of memories, with which I do battle - may they never give me peace' PATRICIA HIGHSMITH (New Year's Eve, 1947) Made famous by the great success of her psychological thrillers, The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train, Patricia Highsmith is lauded as one of the most influential and celebrated modern writers. However, there has never been a clear picture of the woman behind the books. The relationship between Highsmith's lesbianism, her fraught personality – by parts self-destructive and malicious – and her fiction, has been largely avoided by biographers. She was openly homosexual and wrote the seminal lesbian love story, Carol. In modern times, she would be venerated as a radical exponent of the LGBT community. However, her status as an LGBT icon is undermined by the fact that she was excessively cruel and exploitative of her friends and lovers. In this new biography, Richard Bradford brings his sharp, incisive style to one of the great and most controversial writers of the twentieth century. He considers Highsmith's bestsellers in the context of her troubled personal life; her alcoholism, licentious sex life, racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny and abundant self-loathing.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Deep Water

Deep Water

In Deep Water, set in the quiet, small town of Little Wesley, Patricia Highsmith has created a vicious and suspenseful tale of love gone sour.

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393345704

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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In Deep Water, set in the quiet, small town of Little Wesley, Patricia Highsmith has created a vicious and suspenseful tale of love gone sour. Vic and Melinda Van Allen'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 can no longer suppress his jealousy and tries to win back his wife by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder—one that soon comes true. In this complex portrayal of a dangerous psychosis emerging in the most unlikely of places, Highsmith examines the chilling reality behind the idyllic facade of American suburban life.
Categories: Fiction

Patricia Highsmith Selected Novels and Short Stories

Patricia Highsmith  Selected Novels and Short Stories

Features key works in the psychological thriller genre from the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley, including Strangers on a Train which was made into a legendary Alfred Hitchcock film and The Price of Salt.

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393080131

Category: Fiction

Page: 644

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Features key works in the psychological thriller genre from the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley, including Strangers on a Train which was made into a legendary Alfred Hitchcock film and The Price of Salt.
Categories: Fiction

Anxiety and Evil in the Writings of Patricia Highsmith

Anxiety and Evil in the Writings of Patricia Highsmith

to her private diaries, prohibited to visitors at the Highsmith Archive in Bern,
Switzerland, where they are kept). Prior to that, Russell Harrison's Patricia
Highsmith, published in 1997 as part of 'Twayne's United States Authors Series',
was the ...

Author: Fiona Peters

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317180289

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 210

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Drawing on an impressive range of secondary material, including many elusive reviews, interviews and articles from the under-explored Highsmith Archive, Fiona Peters suggests that the usual generic distinctions -crime fiction, mystery, suspense - have been largely unhelpful in elucidating Patricia Highsmith's novels. Peters analyzes a significant selection of Highsmith's works, chosen with a view towards demonstrating the range of her oeuvre while also identifying the main themes and preoccupations running throughout her career. Adopting a psychoanalytic approach, Peters proposes a reading of Highsmith that subordinates murder as the primary focus of the novels in favor of the gaps between periods of activity represented through anxiety, waiting, lack of desire and evil. Her close readings of the Ripley series, This Sweet Sickness, Deep Water, The Tremor of Forgery, and The Cry of the Owl, among others, reveal and illuminate Highsmith's concern with minutiae and the particular. Peters makes a strong case that the specific disturbances within her texts have resulted in Highsmith's writing remaining resistant to explication and to the more sophisticated interpretative strategies that would seek to position her within a specific genre.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Game for the Living

A Game for the Living

He'd find Ramón and see that he paid with his life for what he had done.' In A Game for the Living threads of sexual jealousy and guilt are shot through with all Patricia Highsmith's uncanny talent for the unexpected.

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349004914

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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'I love Highsmith so much . . . What a revelation her writing is' Gillian Flynn 'Ramón had done it. Obviously! He thought about Ramón, his Catholic soul trapped in his passion for Lelia. He'd find Ramón and see that he paid with his life for what he had done.' In A Game for the Living threads of sexual jealousy and guilt are shot through with all Patricia Highsmith's uncanny talent for the unexpected. Mild-mannered Theo is a wealthy German expatriate; hot-tempered Ramón was born into poverty in Mexico City. The two men are unlikely friends - especially as they are in love with the same woman. When Lelia is found brutally murdered, both lovers are suspects - and each suspects the other. But then they discover that a thief was seen at Lelia's apartment, and their hunt leads them on a frantic chase to sun-drenched Acapulco. Theo begins to get the uneasy feeling that his every move is being watched.
Categories: Fiction

People Who Knock on the Door

People Who Knock on the Door

In this masterful late work, Highsmith weaves a powerful tale about blind faith and the peculiar ideas of justice that lie underneath the veneer of respectability.

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349004983

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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People Who Knock on the Door, is a tale about blind faith and the slippery notion of justice that lies beneath the peculiarly American veneer of righteousness. 'A border zone of the macabre, the disturbing, the not quite accidental . . . Highsmith achieves the effect of the occult without any resources to supernatural machinery' New York Times Book Review In a pitiless story of prying suburban self-righteousness, Patricia Highsmith introduces the Alderman family as they descend into moral crisis. When small-town insurance salesman Richard Alderman becomes a born-again Christian, his once tight-knit family quickly begins to rip apart at the seams. He and his youngest son, Robbie, embrace their newfound faith, while his elder son Arthur rejects it. Caught in the middle of the ensuing web of lies, his wife, Lois, tries to keep the family together, but when the church elders start to interfere in Arthur's love life, events spiral toward violence. In this masterful late work, Highsmith weaves a powerful tale about blind faith and the peculiar ideas of justice that lie underneath the veneer of respectability.
Categories: Fiction

The Blunderer

The Blunderer

The novel follows the young, successful and handsome, Walter Stackhouse who seems to have it all, that is, until the day his wife's body is found at the bottom of a cliff.

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349004532

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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'My suspicion is that when the dust has settled and when the chronicle of 20th-century American literature comes to be written, history will place Highsmith at the top of the pyramid, as we should place Dostoevsky at the top of the Russian hierarchy of novelists' A. N. Wilson, Daily Telegraph The Blunderer was written by Highsmith in between Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr Ripley. The novel follows the young, successful and handsome, Walter Stackhouse who seems to have it all, that is, until the day his wife's body is found at the bottom of a cliff. Under the intense scrutiny of the investigation he commits one mistake, then another, until - in true Highsmithian fashion - Walter finds his perfect life derailed. Now Walter is running from the obsessions of the murderer, and the suspicions of the lead cop, not to mention his own increasingly life-threatening blunders.
Categories: Fiction

The Boy Who Followed Ripley

The Boy Who Followed Ripley

Ripley becomes the boy's protector as friendship develops between the young man with a guilty conscience and the older one with no conscience at all. The Boy Who Followed Ripley is followed by Ripley Under Water.

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349004631

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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The continuing adventures of Ripley, played by Matt Damon in The Talented Mr Ripley. When a troubled young runaway arrives on Tom Ripley's French estate, he is drawn into a world he thought he'd left behind: the seedy underworld of Berlin, involving kidnapping plots, lies and deception. Ripley becomes the boy's protector as friendship develops between the young man with a guilty conscience and the older one with no conscience at all. The Boy Who Followed Ripley is followed by Ripley Under Water.
Categories: Fiction

Found in the Street

Found in the Street

When he sees Elsie leaving Jack's apartment, he is not pleased. Not pleased at all. By the author of The Talented Mr Ripley, Found in the Street is an unsettling thriller that explores the bleakest alleyways of human desire.

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349004877

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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'Uncomfortable, frightening, compulsive and, worst of all, terribly believable. It's vintage Highsmith' Time Out On a stroll through Greenwich Village, security guard Ralph Linderman finds a wallet on the sidewalk. It belongs to Jack Sutherland, a wealthy aspiring artist, and it is his misfortune to have it returned to him - with all $263 and credit cards untouched. Because now Ralph knows where Jack lives. Elsie Tyler is a beautiful young waitress - an innocent in New York - and Ralph feels he must protect her from 'bad company'. When he sees Elsie leaving Jack's apartment, he is not pleased. Not pleased at all. By the author of The Talented Mr Ripley, Found in the Street is an unsettling thriller that explores the bleakest alleyways of human desire.
Categories: Fiction

Ripley Under Water

Ripley Under Water

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.

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393344738

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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"Ripley is an unmistakable descendant of Gatsby, that 'penniless young man without a past' who will stop at nothing."—Frank Rich 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), Highsmith explores Ripley's bizarrely paternal relationship with a troubled young runaway, whose abduction draws them into Berlin's seamy underworld; and in Ripley Under Water (1991), Ripley is confronted by a snooping American couple obsessed with the disappearance of an art collector who visited Ripley years before. More than any other American literary character, Ripley provides "a lens to peer into the sinister machinations of human behavior" (John Freeman, Pittsburgh Gazette).
Categories: Fiction

Edith s Diary

Edith s Diary

. . 'Edith's Diary is certainly one of the saddest novels I ever read, but it is also one of the mere twenty or so that I would say were perfect, unimprovable masterpieces' A. N. Wilson, Telegraph

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349004549

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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INTRODUCED BY DENISE MINA 'Highsmith probes to the very core of her heroine with a controlled ferocity and single-mindedness that illuminates every page of her novel. It is a masterly book, a haunting book, a book that lingers long in the memory and constantly disturbs and delights' The Times 'A work of extraordinary force and feeling . . . her strongest, her most imaginative and by far her most substantial novel' New Yorker Edith Howland's diary is her most precious possession, and as she is moving house she is making sure it's safe. A suburban housewife in fifties America, she is moving to Brunswick with her husband Brett and her beloved son, Cliffie, to start a new life for them all. She is optimistic, but most of all she has high hopes for her new venture with Brett, a local newspaper, the Brunswick Corner Bugle. Life seems full of promise, and indeed, to read her diary, filled with her most intimate feelings and revelations, you would never think otherwise. Strange, then, that reality is so dangerously different . . . 'Edith's Diary is certainly one of the saddest novels I ever read, but it is also one of the mere twenty or so that I would say were perfect, unimprovable masterpieces' A. N. Wilson, Telegraph
Categories: Fiction

The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January

When Chester MacFarland, an American embezzler, runs into trouble with a Greek policeman in Athens, Rydal Keener, a fellow American offers to provide him with an alibi

Author: Patricia Highsmith

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

ISBN: 0871132095

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

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When Chester MacFarland, an American embezzler, runs into trouble with a Greek policeman in Athens, Rydal Keener, a fellow American offers to provide him with an alibi
Categories: Fiction