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ISBN:
1582341982
Author:
Andrew Wilson
Category:
Arts & Literature
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (July 15, 2003)
Pages:
534 pages
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1561 kb
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Rating:
4.2
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Natasha Walter is intrigued by Andrew Wilson's portrait of the contradictory Patricia Highsmith, Beautiful Shadow. It is hard, as Wilson admits, to draw simple parallels between Highsmith's work and her life.

Natasha Walter is intrigued by Andrew Wilson's portrait of the contradictory Patricia Highsmith, Beautiful Shadow. After all, the most impressive thing about Highsmith's best novels is the way that they normalise extreme behaviour. In the Ripley novels and also in, say, Strangers on a Train or The Cry of the Owl, she takes you step by little step into a world where murder seems almost inevitable, almost excusable, almost ordinary, and she gives you the actions of these disaffected heroes with an almost hallucinatory clarity.

When Patricia Highsmith looked up at the luminous face of the clock at the entrance to Pennsylvania station, New York, she would have seen two . Other author's books: Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith.

When Patricia Highsmith looked up at the luminous face of the clock at the entrance to Pennsylvania station, New York, she would have seen two stone-sculpted maidens flanking the extravagant timepiece. One figure stared out across Manhattan to signify day; the other, with eyes closed, symbolised night – an appropriate double image for Highsmith herself, a writer fascinated by the concept of split identity.

The life of Patricia Highsmith was as secretive and unusual as that of many of the best-known characters who people her peerlessly disturbing writing. Beautiful Shadow: A Life. has been added to your Cart. Yet even as her work - her thrillers.

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Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) is best known for her disturbing books about sensitive and sympathetic psychopathic .

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) is best known for her disturbing books about sensitive and sympathetic psychopathic murderers (. Strangers on a Train" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley") - and for the. Andrew Wilson is a journalist who has written for most of Britain's national newspapers, including the DAILY TELEGRAPH, the GUARDIAN, the INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY and the DAILY MAIL. This is his first book.

Additional books by. Patricia highsmith. Published by w. w. norton. Strangers on a Train The Price of Sal. Patricia Highsmith se fue a casa y, escribió de un tirón el argumento completo de Carol, que Carol. Carol – Patricia Highsmith. 29 MB·1,817 Downloads·Spanish. Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith. 92 MB·19 Downloads·New!. Materials for High Temperature Power Generation and Process Plant Applications.

Beautiful Shadow - Andrew Wilson. The individual has manifold shadows, all of which resemble him, and from time to time have equal claim to be the man himself. – Kierkegaard quoted in Highsmith’s 1949 journal¹. Even today, trying to ‘locate’ her in a literary context or tradition is almost impossible, as she herself admitted.

An "extract" from this book, taken almost entirely from the introduction and . This alarms Wilson greatly, and he turns Highsmith into a very scary lady.

An "extract" from this book, taken almost entirely from the introduction and the epilogue, appeared recently in another paper. Wilson unearthed the fascinating story of a beautiful society woman with whom Highsmith fell in love when working in Bloomingdale's department store. The novelist traced her to her home, and used the incident in her lesbian love story The Price of Salt. Download the new Indpendent Premium app. Sharing the full story, not just the headlines. At one point, she is getting through a bottle of Scotch every four days!

This is a terrific overview of one of the most under-rated crime, mystery, fiction writers of the century. Sure, Highsmith didn't always hit the mark. In Beautiful Shadow (a reference to the name of the fictional Ripley's home in France, Belle Ombre), Wilson follows Highsmith's life by following her writing, so by the end of the book, you'll have a long list of novels and stories to look for. He examines her influences, her relationships (romantic and otherwise), and her many quirks.

The first and highly anticipated biography of the author of such classics of suspense as Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

The life of Patricia Highsmith was as secretive and unusual as that of many of the best-known characters who people her "peerlessly disturbing" writing. Yet even as her work - her thrillers, short stories, and the pseudonymous lesbian novel The Price of Salt - have found new popularity in the last few years, the life of this famously elusive writer has remained a mystery. For Beautiful Shadow, the first biography of Highsmith, journalist Andrew Wilson mined the vast archive of diaries, notebooks, and letters that Patricia Highsmith left behind, astonishing in their candor and detail. He interviewed her closest friends and colleagues as well as some of her many lovers. But Wilson also traces Highsmith's literary roots in the work of Poe, noir, and existentialism, locating the influences that helped distinguish Highsmith's writing so startlingly from more ordinary thrillers.

The result is both a serious critical biography and one that reveals much about a brilliant and contradictory woman, one who despite her acclaim and affairs always maintained her solitude.

  • Broadraven
I had read Patricia Highsmith's lesbian novel, "Carol", after seeing the 2016 film, "Carol". I loved the film and I appreciated the novel just as much, particularly as it expanded the details of the story. I then found I wanted to learn more about the author, Patricia Highsmith, and I read Andrew Wilson's biography.

it is well written, detailed and has given me a clearer sense of Highsmith's own life and struggles and how she used many details of her own life in her novels, not least being "Carol" (first published as "The Price of Salt"). Highsmith's difficult relationship with her mother and step-father, as well as her inability to find a lasting lesbian relationship in her own life, makes for sober reading.

Reading this biography will give you a deeper appreciation of the life of this author as well as inspire you to want to read some of her other novels, particularly the Mr. Ripley series.
  • FreandlyMan
amazing story of a very gifted and productive writer who had to fight many anxieties in the face of a culture
that did not welcome homosexuality, to put that mildly. today just viewed 'strangers on a train,' i think her first
successful book/film...and it is amazing in its descriptive power and insight into psychopathy. she was a sharp observer
of destructive relationships, perhaps having experienced so many herself, and she did not seem able to burst
out of the webs. mr. wilson's book is incredibly well researched/documented and kind..
  • Abuseyourdna
I was looking forward to this biography for such a long time. Imagine my disappointment when I found it to be a tedious slog of a read. Patricia Highsmith was an intelligent and gifted writer. I knew her writings to be dark and occasionally despairing, and I hoped for some insight as to why, but this biography was just a yawn. I couldn't finish it." Fighting vainly the old ennui", I dropped it beside my bed, where it resided undisturbed until cleaning day.
  • Jan
A very interesting biography that reveals Patricia Highsmith in all her brilliance and misery. A very flawed and contradictory personality, difficult sometimes to like or simply to understand but nonetheless, or because, fascinating. The author brings to us her life and her remarkable work very much alive and captivating.Liked it vey much.
  • Olma
I liked this biography of a writer I love. It does not try to over-analyze an individual who, in life, did not want to be known too well. It sparked in me the desire to reread some of Highsmith's writing. Her style of cool detachment and skillful plotting and elusive sexuality always fascinated me. A thorough job of plumbing her life. Well done.
  • Tisicai
An outstanding book! Snippets of her book plots, lots of history from her time, detailed quotes from friends plus straightforward deductions from Highsmith's own journals present a fascinating picture. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • mym Ђудęm ęгσ НuK
This is a stunning biography -- well written, well researched (exhaustive) and well structured. Patricia Highsmith helped Andrew Wilson by generating a detailed journal of her life but this biography uses that as a foundation, not the complete story. This is a terrific overview of one of the most under-rated crime / mystery / fiction writers of the century. Sure, Highsmith didn't always hit the mark. But she took chances, she probed her inner pscyhe, which was dark and tortured, and used it as a springboard for the over-arching point of view for her writing and for plotlines and characters. Any writer out there who is stuck for ideas, read this. Highsmith, it seemed, trained herself to dig deep into her imagination and subconcious for ideas -- at the same time as she consumed small newspaper tidbits and larger themes from the news to generate material. I had read all her major novels and a few of her short stories, but had no idea the pace she kept at producing fiction, particularly short stories. This biography is also an unflinching look at somebody who followed nobody else's model and who found a way to live as herself in a very uncomfortable world. I've never met (on page) anybody who was so productive and so self-destructive, who studied relationships in fiction and couldn't maintain one in private. I think Wilson's work here is masterful and represents a significant contribution to 20th century writing and authors.
I am a PH reader and I wanted to know more about her. The book gets more and more boring as one goes on. The writing style is boring and repetitive,the different personages are described in a shallow and dull way. Who can after the first 100 pages make any difference in between the friends and lovers that come and go....as to PH herself, one doesn't get to know her much more than after the first 100 pages,strangely enough . Not to mention the meaningless re telling of the plots ofPH's books.