Patricia Highsmith

Known primarily for her debut novel, iStrangers on a Train/i, and her most famous literary creation, Tom Ripley, author Patricia Highsmith crafted literate psychological character studies couched within the framework of ... Read more »
Born: 01/19/1921 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Filmography

Writer (17)

Carol 2015 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Price of Salt") (Source Material)

The Two Faces of January 2014 (Movie)

(from novel: "Two Faces of January") (Source Material)

The Cry of the Owl 2010 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Cry of the Owl") (Source Material)

Ripley Under Ground 2004 (Movie)

(from novel "Ripley Under Ground") (Source Material)

Ripley's Game 2002 (Movie)

(from novel: "Ripley's Game") (Source Material)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

(from novel: "The Talented Mr Ripley") (Source Material)

The Cry of the Owl 1991 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Der Geschichtenerzahler 1988 (Movie)

("The Story Teller") (Source Material (from novel))

Edith's Tagebuch 1986 (Movie)

("Edith's Diary") (Source Material (from novel))

Les Petits Contes Cruels - La Terrapene 1985 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Die Zwei Gesichter des Januar 1984 (Movie)

(Source Material (from novel))

Eaux Profondes 1981 (Movie)

("Deep Water") (Source Material (from novel))

Die Glaeserne Zelle 1977 (Movie)

("The Glass Cell") (Source Material (from novel))

The American Friend 1976 (Movie)

("Ripley's Game") (Source Material (from novel))

Purple Noon 1960 (Movie)

("The Talented Mr Ripley") (Source Material (from novel))

Strangers On a Train 1951 (Movie)

(from novel: "Strangers on a Train") (Source Material)

Once You Meet a Stranger (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)
Actor (1)

Motion and Emotion 1989 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Biography

Known primarily for her debut novel, <i>Strangers on a Train</i>, and her most famous literary creation, Tom Ripley, author Patricia Highsmith crafted literate psychological character studies couched within the framework of a traditional crime thriller. After graduating from college, Highsmith fell into a freelance career as a writer for comic books and periodically published short stories in periodicals such as <i> Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine</i>. Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" (1951), an adaptation of her first novel, became an instant classic and served to establish Highsmith as an author of intricately plotted thrillers. A difficult and solitary person, she eventually expatriated to Europe, where her works enjoyed greater success and critical appreciation than they did in the U.S. With her fourth novel, <i>The Talented Mr. Ripley</i>, Highsmith gave birth to her first and only recurring character, the anti-hero without a conscience and a taste for the finer things in life, Tom Ripley. The ongoing Ripley saga would be adapted to film dozens of times, most notably in Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999). With a body of work encompassing 22 novels and eight short story collections which drew literary comparisons to Albert Camus and Joseph Conrad, Highsmith was one of the more respected, yet under-recognized writers of 20th century American fiction.

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