Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith (Bloomsbury Lives of Women) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/6/7
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Patricia Highsmith - author of STRANGERS ON A TRAIN and THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY - had more than her fair share of secrets. During her life, she felt uncomfortable about discussing the source of her fiction and refused to answer questions about her private life. Yet after her death in February 1995, Highsmith left behind a vast archive of personal documents - diaries, notebooks and letters - which detail the links between her life and her work. Drawing on these intimate papers, together with material gleaned from her closest friends and lovers, Andrew Wilson has written the first biography of an author described by Graham Greene as the 'poet of apprehension'. Wilson illuminates the dark corners of Highsmith's life, casts light on mysteries of the creative process and reveals the secrets that the writer chose to keep hidden until after her death.
'A fascinating, beautifully balanced and meticulously researched biography, bringing us as close to understanding Highsmith as we are ever likely to get' Sunday Telegraph 'Wilson has delved with extraordinary diligence, and everything he has unearthed is remarkable' Mail on Sunday 'Excellent and outstandingly readable ... Brilliant and compelling' Daily Mail 'An exemplary biography of a tortured, difficult and outstandingly gifted human being' Sunday Times商品の説明をすべて表示する
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.
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..