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THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith

Schenkar, Joan

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ISBN 10: 0312303750 / ISBN 13: 9780312303754
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2009
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Epic, definitive biography of American mystery novelist Patricia Highsmith--"lovely, secretive, and desired by many"--who authored such classics as STRA NGERS ON A TRAIN, THE PRICE OF SALT (the basis of Toddy Haynes' superb movie, "Carol," starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) and THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY. Fine, unread, first edition, first printing, in fine (sm tear to lower front fold, tape-repaired inside jacket, else as new) mylar-protected dust jacket. Includes two sections of black-and-white photographs. 684 pp, with Index. *Packed carefully and shipped in a box to insure arrival in described condition. {Not remainder-marked or price-clipped} A100. Bookseller Inventory # 022910

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Title: THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH: The Secret Life...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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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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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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