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by Andrew Wilson
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.
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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.