The Many Faces of Patricia Highsmith

As the subject of no fewer than three biographies since her death in 1995, the popular writer lived a complicated, if fascinating, life. What was she really like?

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Do Patricia Highsmith Novels Make Good Films?

The author’s oeuvre has long been the subject of cinematic preoccupation, inspiring over 20 screen adaptations and counting. Here, a close read of four of the best and worst of them.

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In ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley,’ a Shape-Shifting Protagonist Who’s Up to No Good

Patricia Highsmith published the first novel in her series of psychological thrillers in 1955, embedding her own repression, snobbery and sense of chaos into the text.

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How ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Foretold Our Era of Grifting

On the eve of yet another screen adaptation, Patricia Highsmith’s mordant 1955 tale of calculated self-invention feels as relevant as ever.

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