Patricia Highsmith was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1921. Her first novel, ›Strangers on a Train‹, was made into the famous film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. ›The Talented Mr. Ripley‹, published in 1955, was awarded the ›Edgar Allan Poe Scroll‹ by the Mystery Writers of America and introduced the fascinating anti-hero Tom Ripley. In February 1995 Patricia Highsmith died in Switzerland, where she resided much of her life. Patricia Highsmith's books have been published in 35 languages.
»Although she is today one of the world's most widely read contemporary authors, there is still more of Patricia Highsmith to discover...«Le Monde
»Miss Highsmith is a novelist whose books one can re-read many times. There are very few of whom one can say that. She has created a world of her own - a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger.«Graham Greene