HIGHSMITH, PATRICIA

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HIGHSMITH, PATRICIA - Rare SP and ALS from the Reclusive Author of 'Strangers on a Train,' 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' and 'The Price of Salt'
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HIGHSMITH, PATRICIA - Rare SP and ALS from the Reclusive Author of 'Strangers on a Train,' 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' and 'The Price of Salt'

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HIGHSMITH, PATRICIA. (1921-1995). American author of such cinematic thrillers as Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley as well as the groundbreaking lesbian novel The Price of Salt. SP. (“Patricia Highsmith”). 1p. 12mo. N.p., N.d. A black-and-white, head-and-shoulders copy photograph of Highsmith resting her mouth and chin in her left hand. Accompanied by an ALS. (“Patricia Highsmith”). 1p. 8vo. N.p., January 21, 1985. On stationery with a struck-through Moncourt, France, address. To Mr. Windhausen in German.

 

“I don’t have a photo to send, but I send lots of good wishes for 1985…”

 

Highsmith was conflicted about her sexuality, following a troubled youth. Although she was physically attracted to women and had numerous love affairs, she claimed to prefer the company of men. Nonetheless, she penned, under the pseudonym Claire Morgan, the first lesbian novel with a happy ending, The Price of Salt. It waslater published under the title Carol and made into a Hollywood film in 2014 starring Kate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

 

An extremely talented writer, Highsmith authored numerous psychological thrillers including Strangers on a Train, dramatized by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951, and crime novels featuring Tom Ripley such as The Talented Mr. Ripley, which was dramatized a number of times. 

 

In her later years, Highsmith became a misanthropic recluse and an alcoholic. “She was American through and through, but one who hated America; she was a liberal and a racist; a lesbian with a misogynist streak. And she was never a happy woman. She moved around a lot, in the way of somebody who always finds themselves a little dislocated from their environment - from 1940s Manhattan to an English village in the 60s, provincial France in the 70s, and finally Switzerland for her last years. But wherever she went, the black dogs of her depression went with her,” (“A lover, not a liker,” The Guardian, Walter).

 

The letter is folded with light wear. In very good condition. Photograph is near fine. Rare.

 

 

 

Item #20224

$500


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