Patricia Highsmith

Novelist, Author

1921 – 1995

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Who was Patricia Highsmith?

Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist and short story writer, most widely known for her psychological thrillers, which led to more than two dozen film adaptations. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times, notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. In addition to her acclaimed series about murderer Tom Ripley, she wrote many short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humor. Although she wrote specifically in the genre of crime fiction, her books have been lauded by various writers and critics as being artistic and thoughtful enough to rival mainstream literature. Michael Dirda observed, "Europeans honored her as a psychological novelist, part of an existentialist tradition represented by her own favorite writers, in particular Dostoevsky, Conrad, Kafka, Gide, and Camus."

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Born
Jan 19, 1921
Fort Worth
Also known as
  • Mary Patricia Plangman
  • Highsmith, Patricia
  • Claire Morgan
Parents
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Barnard College
  • Columbia University
Lived in
  • Fort Worth
Died
Feb 4, 1995
Locarno

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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