Search Results: "Patricia Highsmith"


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THE SELECTED STORIES OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH by Patricia Highsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

This massive tome reprints five of the seven complete collections of short stories by Highsmith (1921-95), together with a brief introduction by Graham Greene excerpted from a sixth. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2009

"A comprehensive, nuanced evaluation of Highsmith Country."
Exhaustive study of the much-loathed suspense writer best known for the Ripley novels and Strangers on a Train. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1988

"Together with the shaky novel Found in the Street and other recent story collections, these crude tales suggest that Highsmith—once such a powerful storyteller—is no longer in full artistic control of her morbidity and misanthropy."
Ten heavy-handed parables, mostly cartoonish and occasionally stomach-turning—aimed at such worthy but obvious contemporary targets as homelessness, pollution, militarism, nuclear power, right-wing religions, and Nancy Reagan. Read full book review >

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THE STORY-TELLER by Patricia Highsmith
Released: June 15, 1965

"As before, Patricia Highsmith keeps her story teeter-tottering between the intent to kill and the actuality and it is handled with the niggling nastiness she manages so well."
The story-teller is Sydney Bartleby who lives in an old house in rural England with his wife, Alicia; he writes tv scripts; she paints; they quarrel. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK HOUSE by Patricia Highsmith
Released: March 16, 1988

Eleven stories, published some time ago in England, from the darkly gifted, highly uneven Highsmith (Strangers on a Train, Found in the Street), who is rarely at her best in the short-story form. Read full book review >

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Released: May 16, 1980

"No surprises, no tension, and, surprisingly, no depth or conviction in the ambiguous malemale relationship that is usually Highsmith's forte."
The Talented Mr. Ripley was grand. Read full book review >

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RIPLEY UNDER GROUND by Patricia Highsmith
Released: Sept. 18, 1970

"Sometimes you suspect that Miss Highsmith as well as Ripley is getting away with murder—but they both do it so elegantly."
Ripley is one of Patricia Highsmith's casually unconscionable miscreants; he lives in luxury in the south of France off a charming young wife and off the proceeds (via England) of a fraudulent art enterprise consisting of the canvases of a dead painter (forged). Read full book review >

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THE TREMOR OF FORGERY by Patricia Highsmith
Released: March 21, 1969

"Proceeds as slowly as a tired caravan, but something different in the mystery line."
Through John Ingham, an American novelist, and his fellow tourists in Tunisia, the author investigates the strange disappearance of moral values on the part of this ordinary Western man when he finds himself isolated in the Near East. Read full book review >

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Released: April 25, 1985

Twelve stories by the gifted, uneven author of Strangers on a Train, the Ripley series, and Edith's Diary—reflecting Highsmith's ongoing interest in abnormal psychology, obsessive relationships, and violent environments. Read full book review >

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THIS SWEET SICKNESS by Patricia Highsmith
Released: Feb. 3, 1959

"A high level of conviction- from the everyday circumstances to the special symptomology of the case at hand."
Another Rorschach of a psychotic personality is a detailed, not a smudged, record of a schizoid's double vision: as David Kelsey, he leads a spotless life in a furnished room; weekends he spends as William Neumeister with Annabelle whom he loved and who married another man. Read full book review >

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DEEP WATER by Patricia Highsmith
Released: Oct. 2, 1957

"Again the fine detail of dialogue and action pinpoints a portrayal of an imperturbable killer- but without the flair of some of the earlier performances."
Victor Van Allen, a quiet- seemingly complacent husband to the pretty, pleasure-loving Melinda, frightens off her lovers successfully- until Charley De Lisle forces him to fulfill his threat- of murder. Read full book review >

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THE BLUNDERER by Patricia Highsmith
Released: Sept. 20, 1954

"Clever."
A second suspense story has much of the malevolent intensity of Strangers On A Train and the whim of circumstance does much to victimize Walter Stackhouse, a lawyer. Read full book review >