First UK Edition. 8vo; 266pp. Publisher's red cloth, the spine lettered in gilt (a bit dulled); in a pictorial dust jacket lettered in black and priced at 15/-. Offsetting to the end papers, spotting to the page edges and the first and final few leaves, otherwise a clean, Near Fine copy, in a Near Fine jacket with a lightly faded and toned spine (the head of which has very shallow chipping), and a soiled back panel; the front panel sharp and bright. This, Highsmith's third novel, introduces Tom Ripley, sexually ambiguous con artist featured in five of her novels, popularly known as the Ripliad, written between 1955 and 1991. After a television adaptation in 1956, the novel was filmed by René Clément with Alain Delon, praised by Highsmith as the ideal Ripley. Re-filmed in 1999, with Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Cate Blanchett. Yet another example of the value to be found in the graphically superior designs of most UK editions of American authors' works (our specialty). According to Highsmith's talented biographer, Joan Schenkar, the 'Dark Lady of American Letters' has always taken as her subject, in all her writing, "the double, the Alter Ego, and its natural enabler: the alluring and dangerous act of self-transformation. She first proposed it in "Strangers on a Train" [her first masterpiece], turning Plato upside down to make it work: 'There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.' In The Talented Mr. Ripley [Highsmith's second, uncontested masterpiece], she gave it a triumphant shape-the shape of the American Dream-and a successful form in the character of Tom Ripley, a young grifter of indeterminate sexuality, who, like his creator, wants only 'the best' in life, slips in and out of different roles with ease, confuses love with murder, and gets away with everything." Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Talented Mr. Ripley, The
Publisher: Cresset Press
Publication Date: 1957
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Impression.
Book Description London, Everyman's Library, 2000. Condition: Ottimo (Fine). . 8vo. pp. 878. . Ottimo (Fine). . . . Rilegato tela, sovracoperta (cloth, dust jacket). Seller Inventory # 0000000090899