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Patricia Highsmith wrote twenty-one novels including "Strangers on a Train" & the "Ripley" series. She died in 1995 in Switzerland, where she resided much of her life. (Publisher Provided) Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 -- February 4, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer, most widely known for her psychological thrillers, which led to more than two dozen film adaptations. She was born in Fort Worth, Texas. Highsmith grew up with her maternal grandmother in Astoria, Queens, and attended Barnard College. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train (1950), was adapted for stage and screen numerous times, notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. In addition to her acclaimed series about murderer Tom Ripley, which was made into a film in 1955, she wrote many short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humor. Highsmith liked to examine the ways in which people can get to the point where they are capable of murder, as well as who they become after they have committed a crime. In carefully constructed stories and novels, she integrated this scrutiny of the human psyche into complex plots that often took unexpected twists. In Strangers on a Train, architect Guy Haines meets Charles Bruno on a train. Bruno conceives a plan to have Haines kill Bruno's father, while Bruno will kill Haines's wife. The effect that this plan has on Haines is the focus of the story. Highsmith's awards include: O. Henry Award for best publication of first story, for "The Heroine" in Harper's Bazaar (1946), Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1957), and the Dagger Award -- Category Best Foreign Novel, for The Two Faces of January from the Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain (1964). Highsmith died of aplastic anemia and cancer in Locarno, Switzerland, at age 74. Her last novel, Small G: A Summer Idyll, was published one month after her death in 1995. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Talented Mr. Ripley… (more)
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Patricia Highsmith was born Mary Patricia Plangman in Fort Worth, Texas, and moved with her mother and stepfather to New York City as as small child. She was a voracious reader, and among her early favorites were Sherlock Holmes stories. She also developed an interest in abnormal psychology and read the case studies featured in The Human Mind by Dr. Karl Menninger. She began writing stories as a teenager. She graduated from Barnard College in 1942, and contributed short stories to magazines such as Harper's Bazaar. Her remarkable debut novel, Strangers on a Train, was published in 1950; Alfred Hitchcock adapted the book into a now-classic film the following year.

Her next work, The Price of Salt (1952), published under the pen name Claire Morgan, was a major success. It was republished under her own name in 1990 as Carol. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955) launched her most enduring character, Tom Ripley, a charming psychopath. He also was the protagonist of four more novels, including her last book, Ripley Under Water (1991). Highsmith is famous for exploring the dark and morally ambiguous aspects of life in these and other works, including The Blunderer (1954), Deep Water (1957), This Sweet Sickness (1960), The Cry of the Owl (1962), The Tremor of Forgery (1969), and Edith's Diary (1977). In the early 1960s, she moved to Europe, where she led an isolated life. In her career, she published 8 collections of short stories and 22 novels, and is usually classified as one of the great crime writers of all time.
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