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Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires: The Life of Patricia Highsmith

Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires: The Life of Patricia Highsmith (Hardback)

By Bradford, Professor Richard

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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... 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. He considers Highsmith's best-sellers in the context of her troubled personal life; her alcoholism, her anti-Semitism and her misogyny.
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ISBN 9781448217908
Released NZ 30 Mar 2021
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback
Reprinting locally, In Stock Internationally

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ISBN-13 9781448217908
Stock Available
Status Reprinting locally, In Stock Internationally
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Caravel
Released 30 Mar 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Bradford, Professor Richard
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Lesbian studies
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 813.6
Weight 558g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women authors, American - Biography - 20th century, Authors, American - Biography - 20th century, Lesbians - Biography - United States
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade