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Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith (1921 – 1995) born in Texas, grew up and studied in New York. She achieved worldwide success in 1950 with her debut novel Strangers on a Train, 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. The film remake of The Two Faces of January, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac, was released in 2014.

Awards
  • Carol-Kinofilm von Todd Haynes bekommt ›Preis der Frankfurter Buchmesse‹ als ›beste literarische Verfilmung‹, 2015
  • ›Finnischer Krimipreis‹ der Suomen dekkariseura für ihr Gesamtwerk, 1993
  • ›Officier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres‹, 1990
  • ›Prix Littéraire‹ des Festival du cinéma américain von Deauville, 1987
  • ›Schwedischer Krimipreis‹ in der Kategorie ›Grand Master‹ der Svenska Deckarakademin als Auszeichnung für das Lebenswerk der Autorin, 1979
  • ›Grand Prix de l'Humour Noir‹ für L'Amateur d'escargot (dt. Der Schneckenforscher; Original: The Snail Watcher), 1975
  • ›Dagger Award‹ in der Kategorie ›Best Foreign Novel‹ für The Two Faces of January (dt. Unfall auf Kreta/Die zwei Gesichter des Januars), 1964
  • ›Grand prix de littérature policière‹ in der Kategorie ›International‹ für Plein Soleil – Monsieur Ripley (dt. Der talentierte Mr. Ripley; Original: The Talented Mr. Ripley), 1957
  • ›O. Henry-Preis‹ in der Kategorie ›Best First-Published Story‹ für The Heroine (dt. Die Heldin. Dt. in: Der Schneckenforscher; in Original: The Snail Watcher), 1946
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Movie Adaptations
  • A Kind Of Murder, Andy Goddard, 2016
  • Carol / Salz und sein Preis, Todd Haynes, 2015
  • The two faces of January, Hossein Amini, 2014
  • Cry of the Owl, Jamie Thraves, 2009
  • Ripley under Ground, Roger Spottiswoode, 2005
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley, Anthony Minghella, 1999
  • Once You Meet a Stranger, Tommy Lee Wallace, 1996
  • Trip nach Tunis, Peter Goedel, 1993
  • Der Geschichtenerzähler, Rainer Boldt, 1991
  • A Curious Suicide, Bob Biermann, 1989
  • Le jardin des Disparus, Mai Zetterling, 1989
  • L´Amateur de Frissons, Roger Andrieux, 1989
  • L´Epouvantail, Maroun Bagdad, 1989
  • La ferme du malheur, Samuel Fuller, 1989
  • Legitime Défense, John Berry , 1989
  • Le cri du hibou, Claude Chabrol, 1987
  • Die zwei Gesichter des Januars, Wolfgang Storch, 1986
  • Tiefe Wasser, Franz Peter Wirth, 1983
  • Ediths Tagebuch, Hans Werner Geissendörfer, 1983
  • Eaux profondes, Michel Deville, 1981
  • Dites-lui que je l’aime, Claude Miller, 1977
  • Die gläserne Zelle, Hans Geissendörfer, 1977
  • L’ami americain, Wim Wenders, 1976
  • Once You Kiss a Stranger, Robert Sparr, 1969
  • Le meurtrier; Enough Rope, Claude Autant-Lara, 1963
  • Le meurtrier, Claude Autant-Lara, 1962
  • Plein soleil, René Clément, 1959
  • Strangers on a Train, Alfred Hitchcock, 1951
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»Many of her stories reflect the kind of breathtaking misanthropy that could only have been achieved over a lifetime. And virtually all share the same sense of macabre inevitability, which means that the number of stories end up in almost that many deaths. Ms. Highsmith was never one for halfway solutions. What is interesting about Ms. Highsmith is that instead of describing such an denouement with suitably ghoulish overtones, she typically treats it in almost businesslike fashion. Her interest is in the generally unspeakable tensions and resentments that lead up to such outbursts, not in the messy side of murder.«
Janet Maslin / The New York Times
»Patricia Highsith was the undisputed mistress as well as one of the creators of the modern psychological crime novel.«
Simon Shaw / Mail on Sunday
»Patricia Highsmith keeps moving, darting in and out of our fields of vision, making afterimages that will tremble – but stay – in our minds.«
The New Yorker
»For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith.«
The Times, London
»Patricia Highsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense.«
»Patricia Highsmith was every bit as deviant and quirky as her mischievous heroes, and didn't seem to mind if everyone knew it.«
Daily Telegraph
»Patricia Highsmith should be considered an essential postwar writer who captured the neurotic apprehensions of her times. By her hypnotic art Patricia Highsmith puts the suspense story into a toweringly high place in the hierarchy of fiction.«
The Times
»Patricia Highsmith, the greatest of all crime writers.«
The Times, London
»One thinks of comparing Miss Highsmith only with herself; by any other standard of comparison, one must simply cheer.«
Auberon Waugh
»To call Patricia Highsmith a thriller writer is true but not the whole truth: her books have stylistic texture, psychological depth, mesmeric readability.«
Sunday Times, London
»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, Paris

»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. [...] Highsmith is the poet of apprehension.«

Graham Greene
»One of our greatest modernist writers.«
Gore Vidal
»Patricia Highsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense.«
Mark Billingham
»Patricia Highsmith was every bit as deviant and quirky as her mischievous heroes, and didn't seem to mind if everyone knew it.«
J.G. Ballard / Daily Telegraph, London
»Patricia Highsmith should be considered an essential postwar writer who captured the neurotic apprehensions of her times. By her hypnotic art Patricia Highsmith puts the suspense story into a toweringly high place in the hierarchy of fiction.«
The Times, London

»For some unknown reason Patricia Highsmith, one of the most important modern narrators, is regarded as an author of crime novels. She is both.«

Gore Vidal
»Many of her stories reflect the kind of breathtaking misanthropy that could only have been achieved over a lifetime. And virtually all share the same sense of macabre inevitability, which means that the number of stories end up in almost that many deaths. Ms. Highsmith was never one for halfway solutions. What is interesting about Ms. Highsmith is that instead of describing such an denouement with suitably ghoulish overtones, she typically treats it in almost businesslike fashion. Her interest is in the generally unspeakable tensions and resentments that lead up to such outbursts, not in the messy side of murder.«
Janet Maslin / The New York Times
»Patricia Highsith was the undisputed mistress as well as one of the creators of the modern psychological crime novel.«
Simon Shaw / Mail on Sunday
»Patricia Highsmith keeps moving, darting in and out of our fields of vision, making afterimages that will tremble – but stay – in our minds.«
The New Yorker
»For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith.«
The Times, London
»Patricia Highsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense.«
»Patricia Highsmith was every bit as deviant and quirky as her mischievous heroes, and didn't seem to mind if everyone knew it.«
Daily Telegraph
»Patricia Highsmith should be considered an essential postwar writer who captured the neurotic apprehensions of her times. By her hypnotic art Patricia Highsmith puts the suspense story into a toweringly high place in the hierarchy of fiction.«
The Times
»Patricia Highsmith, the greatest of all crime writers.«
The Times, London
»One thinks of comparing Miss Highsmith only with herself; by any other standard of comparison, one must simply cheer.«
Auberon Waugh
»To call Patricia Highsmith a thriller writer is true but not the whole truth: her books have stylistic texture, psychological depth, mesmeric readability.«
Sunday Times, London
»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, Paris

»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. [...] Highsmith is the poet of apprehension.«

Graham Greene
»One of our greatest modernist writers.«
Gore Vidal
»Patricia Highsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense.«
Mark Billingham
»Patricia Highsmith was every bit as deviant and quirky as her mischievous heroes, and didn't seem to mind if everyone knew it.«
J.G. Ballard / Daily Telegraph, London
»Patricia Highsmith should be considered an essential postwar writer who captured the neurotic apprehensions of her times. By her hypnotic art Patricia Highsmith puts the suspense story into a toweringly high place in the hierarchy of fiction.«
The Times, London

»For some unknown reason Patricia Highsmith, one of the most important modern narrators, is regarded as an author of crime novels. She is both.«

Gore Vidal
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Trautes Heim
Kleine Mordgeschichten für Tierfreunde
Der Mann, der seine Bücher im Kopf schrieb
Der talentierte Mr. Ripley
Die zwei Gesichter des Januars
Die zwei Gesichter des Januars
Als die Flotte im Hafen lag