A vibrant portrait of the acclaimed author Patricia Highsmith, publishing to coincide with the 100th anniversary of her birth in 1921.
Made famous by the great success of her psychological thrillers, The Talented Mr Ripley and Strangers on a Train, Patricia Highsmith is lauded as one of the greats of psychological writing. There has never been a clear picture of the woman behind the books.
The triangular relationship between Highsmith’s lesbianism, her fraught personality—by parts self-destructive and malicious—and her fiction has been largely avoided by other biographers. She was openly lesbian and would, in modern times, be venerated as a radical exponent of an LGBT lifestyle. However, her status as an exemplar of gay radicalism is undermined by the incontrovertible fact that she was gratuitously cruel and exploitative of her lovers.
In this new biography, Richard Bradford brings his sharp, incisive style to one of the great, and most controversial, writers of the twentieth century.