Patricia Highsmith, one of the great writers of 20th Century American fiction, had a life as darkly compelling as that of her favorite 'hero-criminal', talented Tom Ripley. In this revolutionary biography, Joan Schenkar paints a riveting portrait, from Highsmith's birth in Texas to Hitchcock's filming of her first novel, "Strangers On a Train", to her long, strange, self-exile in Europe. We see her as a secret writer for the comics, a brilliant creator of disturbing fictions, and erotic predator with dozens of women (and a few good men) on her love list. "The Talented Miss Highsmith" is the first literary biography with access to Highsmith's whole story: her closest friends, her oeuvre, her archives. It's a compulsive page-turner unlike any other, a book worthy of Highsmith herself.
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Descrizione libro St. Martin's Press, 2009. Condizione libro: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Praise forThe Talented Miss Highsmith: "The first word that comes to mind after reading Joan Schenkar's new biography is "stunning." Anyone who has ever read one of Patricia Highsmith's novels has had to wonder about the quirky intelligence that shaped the plots, so full of downright evil, mischievous wickedness, and outrageous behavior. What kind of a mind could envision page after page of pathological nastiness and still keep her readers totally enthralled? Who could elevate anti-social behavior to so high an art that her readers could not get enough and clamored for more of it? Joan Schenkar is the first writer to grapple with Patricia Highsmith on every level of her b eing, from her bizarre personal life to her incredibly prolific writing life. It's hard to avoid superlatives when describing Schenkar's biography, but there doesn't seem to be any other way to go about it. As a biographer myself, I am well aware of the astonishing amount of research that went into the writing of this book: Schenkar has read and studiedindeed poured over---everything Highsmith ever wrote, from the odd occasional jotting, to the precisely detailed writing notebooks, to the variant versions of the novels themselves. She has interviewed everyone who ever encountered Highsmith, and she has woven all this material into what can only be called a page-turner. And she has done this in such an original manner that her biography of Patricia Highsmith will not only be the definitive study for many years to come, but it will also be known as the biography that changed the way the genre is written. Schenkar has created a vivid and dynamic account of Highsmith's life by departing from the usual chronological narrative ("she was born, she grew up, she lived, she died."). Instead, she clusters ideas, themes, events, human relationships, and various other topics so that her reader can see how all these things influenced the way Highsmith lived her daily life, and how and why they came to be so important to her writing. Schenkar has an incredibly deft touch as she deals with so many horrific facts and events. She possesses a remarkable objectivity (and frankly, I wondered at times how she managed to be so level-headed and even-handed as she wrote this stuff). She allows this life to unfold in all its sometimes seamy sordidness while still keeping her readers' interest and attention. It is a gifted writer who can create such an enthralling account of so incredible a life and Schenkar deserves high praise for carrying off this difficult feat. I think this biography can be called a "break-out" book, one that could reach a large audience if marketed properly. Schenkar herself is a charming and witty author who can talk eloquently about Highsmith and she should be put to work in every appropriate venue. There are portions of this biography that are complete and finished in and of themselves, and there must be magazines, blogs, and other media where they can and should be placed. I would not be surprised to see film makers scrambling to adapt this book. In short, this is one of the best biographies of recent times, and I urge the publisher to get solidly behind it."--Deirdre Bair, author ofSamuel Beckett, winner of the National Book AwardPraise forTruly Wilde: "Joan Schenkar has lifted a veil to reveal a sophisticated, overheated lesbian world in Paris int eh first decades of the twentieth century. At the centre is Oscar Wilde's niece Dolly--self-dest. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_new_0312303750
Descrizione libro St. Martin's Press, New York, NY, 2009. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. First Edition ¿ First Printing. Dust Jacket in new clear protective Mylar sleeve. --- Illustrated with B/W photos. --- Patricia Highsmith, one of the great writers of 20th Century American fiction, had a life as darkly compelling as that of her favorite "hero-criminal," talented Tom Ripley. In this revolutionary biography, Joan Schenkar paints a riveting portrait, from Highsmith's birth in Texas to Hitchcock's filming of her first novel, Strangers On a Train, to her long, strange, self-exile in Europe. Codice libro della libreria 006589
Descrizione libro St. Martin's Press, 2009. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0312303750
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Descrizione libro St. Martin's Press, 2009. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110312303750