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The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith
 
 
Author
Joan Schenkar.
Publisher St. Martin's  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.45 x 2.25 inches
ISBN 9780312303754
Pages/Publication Date 684/2009
Daedalus Item Code 13606
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year as well as a 2010 Lambda Literary Award winner, Joan Schenkar's biography of Patricia Highsmith—author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley and its sequels—brilliantly teases out the personality of this secretive, passionate, mercurial writer.

"Schenkar has a wonderfully bold approach: not worrying about a linear chronology (although this is meticulously supplied in the appendices), but choosing instead to follow the emotional water course of Highsmith's life, allowing her subject to find her own level—to be tidal, sullen, to flow without check, so that events in one decade naturally make an imaginative tributary into turbulence before and after. Schenkar's writing is witty, sharp and light-handed, a considerable achievement given the immense detail of this biography. Highsmith was a detail junkie. Schenkar's nonlinear organizing method was a brilliant idea to save herself—and the reader—from data overload. This is a biography of clarity and style. A model of its kind."—NYTBR

 
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