Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith by Andrew Wilson

By Andrew Wilson

Patricia Highsmith - writer of STRANGERS ON A educate and THE proficient MR RIPLEY - had greater than her fair proportion of secrets and techniques. in the course of her existence, she felt uncomfortable approximately discussing the resource of her fiction and refused to reply to questions on her inner most existence. but after her demise in February 1995, Highsmith left at the back of an unlimited archive of private files - diaries, notebooks and letters - which element the hyperlinks among her lifestyles and her paintings. Drawing on those intimate papers, including fabric gleaned from her closest associates and enthusiasts, Andrew Wilson has written the 1st biography of an writer defined by way of Graham Greene because the 'poet of apprehension'. Wilson illuminates the darkish corners of Highsmith's lifestyles, casts gentle on mysteries of the inventive procedure and divulges the secrets and techniques that the author selected to maintain hidden until eventually after her death.

Edgar Award (2004)


whereas British journalist Wilson's portrait of Highsmith (1921-1995) is neither swish nor fluid, it truly is as haunting and as chilling because the tales and novels Highsmith crafted over greater than 50 effective years. the writer of Strangers on a educate and 5 novels that includes the amoral and murderous Tom Ripley, Highsmith completed substantial severe acclaim in her local usa, yet by no means bought good right here. She used to be greater acquired in Europe and that used to be the place she made her domestic. The biographer's exhaustive consciousness to aspect coupled along with his entry to Highsmith's journals (or "cahiers," as she referred to as them) and letters, and vast interviews along with her neighbors, enthusiasts and colleagues, let him to bare in excruciating element this very inner most individual. Highsmith emerges as a girl of serious intelligence, candor and interest, but additionally as a racially prejudiced, anti-Semitic and insensitive boor. She was once an acute observer able to seizing a unmarried incident and remodeling it right into a complicated tale. yet she used to be not able to remodel her personal unsatisfied lifestyles. as a substitute she transmuted her problems, her stories, her observations into her paintings. certainly one of her fans saw, "If she hadn't had her paintings, she could were despatched to an insane asylum or an alcoholics' home.... She was once her writing." Highsmith's paintings has had a major impression on either crime fiction and homosexual and lesbian fiction, and Wilson has impressively documented that in addition to the super rate Highsmith paid for her achievements.
-- Publishers Weekly

'A attention-grabbing, fantastically balanced and meticulously researched biography, bringing us as with regards to knowing Highsmith as we're ever more likely to get' Sunday Telegraph 'Wilson has delved with striking diligence, and every little thing he has unearthed is remarkable' Mail on Sunday 'Excellent and outstandingly readable ... really good and compelling' day-by-day Mail 'An exemplary biography of a tortured, tough and outstandingly talented human being'
-- Sunday Times

Fans of Patricia Highsmith's darkish and traumatic fiction will definitely locate Andrew Wilson's biography a completely attention-grabbing if sometimes harrowing examining adventure. Highsmith's lifestyles was once faraway from a contented one, in truth in lots of methods it can be charitably defined as a catastrophe. Wilson movingly info her unhappy, bothered early life and youth within which Highsmith built an obsession with grotesque demise and rot that might hang-out her brief tales and novels. As an grownup, her many sexual encounters regularly resulted in sadness. With advancing age, Highsmith turned ever extra distrustful and eventually hateful of humankind. Wilson portrays a supremely gifted yet cold-hearted, misanthropic lady who was once eminently unlikeable, even downright detestable. (One of Highsmith's publishers describes her as "the so much odious lady I've ever met.") All of this disappointment and depression makes us comprehend and savour her tense creations the entire extra. as well as supplying us with a close glimpse into the unusual lifetime of one of many best modern mystery writers, Wilson provides a lot to our appreciation of her paintings by means of supplying concise and revealing analyses of her top works. So stable is that this exhaustive biography that when you've entire it you'll are looking to instantly choose up a replica of not anything THAT MEETS the attention (or any of the opposite at present on hand Highsmith collections) and renew your acquaintance with this wonderful, morbidly fascinating writer.
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