Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. Patricia Highsmith entry: Overview screen within Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Online, 2006. <http://orlando.cambridge.org/>. 17 January 2022.
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Patricia Highsmith, writing from the mid twentieth century, first in the USA and then in Europe and England, produced short stories and novels, the majority of them variously classifiable as thrillers or 'suspense fiction', a label which she disliked. Readers, however, have seen her that way. In 1988 most of her books were available in two competing paperback editions, by Heinemann and Penguin. Irony of situation of every kind is her speciality. Among a range of varied and ingenious plots, her favourite theme, as she herself recognised, is a relationship between two men. Her books were translated into many languages and adapted for films by directors in Britain, America, and Europe. European directors who have filmed adaptations of her works include Wim Wenders, René Clément, and Claude Miller. Bibliographic Citation link.
19 January 1921 PH was born at Fort Worth, Texas (despite her mother's attempt to abort the foetus at four months, by drinking turpentine). Bibliographic Citation link.
15 March 1950 PH made her name in one step with her first book, Strangers on a Train, published as "a Harper Novel of Suspense." Bibliographic Citation link.
4 February 1995 PH died of leukemia after only a few days in hospital at Locarno in Switzerland. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 25 February 1995 PH's last novel, Small g: a summer idyll, was published posthumously (shortly after she died) with Bloomsbury. Bibliographic Citation link.
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