Patricia Highsmith

American novelist and short story writer

1921   -   1995

movement: Modernist literature
country of citizenship: United States of America
educated at: Barnard College
occupation: writer, novelist, screenwriter, comics writer
award received: Officier des Arts et des Lettres‎, Grand Prix de Littérature Policière

Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 – February 4, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer best known for her psychological thrillers, including her series of five novels featuring the character Tom Ripley. She wrote 22 novels and numerous short stories throughout her career spanning nearly five decades, and her work has led to more than two dozen film adaptations. Her writing derived influence from existentialist literature, and questioned notions of identity and popular morality. She was dubbed "the poet of apprehension" by novelist Graham Greene.Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times, notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. Her 1955 novel The Talented Mr. Ripley has been adapted numerous times for film, theatre, and radio. Writing under the pseudonym "Claire Morgan," Highsmith published the first lesbian novel with a happy ending, The Price of Salt, in 1952, republished 38 years later as Carol under her own name and later adapted into a 2015 film.
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The Price of Salt

novel by Patricia Highsmith

author: Patricia Highsmith

1952

The Talented Mr. Ripley

novel by Patricia Highsmith

author: Patricia Highsmith

1955

Mermaids on the Golf Course

collection of short stories

author: Patricia Highsmith

1985

The Boy Who Followed Ripley

novel by Patricia Highsmith

author: Patricia Highsmith

1980

Ripley Under Water

novel by Patricia Highsmith

author: Patricia Highsmith

1991

Ripley Under Ground

novel by Patricia Highsmith

author: Patricia Highsmith

1970

Strangers on a Train

novel by Patricia Highsmith

author: Patricia Highsmith

1950

A Dog's Ransom

book by Patricia Highsmith

author: Patricia Highsmith

1972

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