Patricia Highsmith

One of the best-loved writers of psychological suspense, Patricia Highsmith was an award-winning American novelist, best known for her Mr Ripley thrillers. There have been dozens of film and television adaptations based on her work, including the iconic 1999 film ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow and the much-lauded 2024 Netflix adaptation ‘Ripley’ starring Andrew Scott.

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Tom Ripley, charming yet petulant, reckless yet calculating, is one of the great literary anti-heroes, and his shocking actions across the jet-set Europe of the 1950s have thrilled and appalled millions of voracious readers.
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Tracing her path across five decades, Patricia Highsmith’s diaries and notebooks reveal the conflicted life of the literary genius in a fresh, unparalleled and uncompromising way.

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The Talented Mr Ripley
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Ripley
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The Talented Mr Ripley
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Ripley Under Ground
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The Boy Who Followed Ripley
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Novels by Patricia Highsmith

Strangers on a Train
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Carol
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The Blunderer
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Deep Water
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A Game for the Living
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This Sweet Sickness
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The Two Faces of January
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The Glass Cell
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A Suspension of Mercy
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Those Who Walk Away
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The Tremor of Forgery
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A Dog's Ransom
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Edith's Diary
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People Who Knock on the Door
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Found in the Street
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Small g: A Summer Idyll
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Strangers on a Train
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The Cry of the Owl
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Patricia Highsmith was a highly successful, award-winning American novelist and short story writer, best known for her psychological thrillers.

Highsmith grew up in New York City and studied English composition, playwriting and short story prose at Barnard College. Her first novel Strangers on a Train was published in 1950, and Alfred Hitchcock’s film adaptation of the book the following year considerably enhanced Highsmith’s reputation. In 1952, she published her second novel The Price of Salt – which describes a lesbian relationship with a happy ending – under the nom de plume Claire Morgan. It became a bestseller and was later reissued as Carol (1990) under Highsmith’s own name.

In 1955, she published The Talented Mr Ripley – a novel about a charming, intelligent, insidious man who gets away with murder – which gained huge popularity and earned Highsmith Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in 1957. It was followed by four sequels: Ripley Under Ground (1970), Ripley’s Game (1974), The Boy Who Followed Ripley (1980) and Ripley Under Water (1991). During her long career, Highsmith wrote twenty-two novels and nine short story collections and remains one of the best-loved writers of psychological suspense.

Highsmith died in 1995 in Switzerland, where she spent the last fifteen years of her life. She was 74.

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