Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Highsmith, Patricia
Birth Name: Mary Patricia Plangman
Self-constructed Name: Mary Patricia Highsmith
Pseudonym: Claire Morgan
, 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
. 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
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's Miss Pym, an amateur psychologist and best-selling author, can be seen as part of a line of spinster detectives which includes Agatha Christie
's Jane Marple and Patricia Highsmith
's Miss Silver. Miss...
Intertextuality and Influence
Later crime writer Val McDermid
discovered this novel, her first by Tey, as a revelation: modern, nuanced, unformulaic, it was unlike its contemporaries but in tune with some successors, like Patricia Highsmith
and Ruth Rendell
In the Times Literary Supplement, Patricia Highsmith
nominated the collection as one of the best of the year.
Halio, Jay L., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 14. Gale Research, 1982–1983.
“Dictionary of Literary Biography online”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Center-LRC.
Interviewed about this play, AF
said: I don't think I could write the way I do without Agatha Christie
or Patricia Highsmith
“The Times Digital Archive 1785-2007”. Thompson Gale: The Times Digital Archive.
(9 November 1985): 20
In her detective-story guise, Fraser sees herself as part of a women's tradition in the genre, and names as influences a number of writers who are known for interest in human psychology and a high...
1 January 1916
The British edition of Vogue (an American fashion magazine) began publishing from Condé Nast
in Hanover Square, London.
Highsmith, Patricia. A Dog’s Ransom. Heinemann, 1972.
Highsmith, Patricia. A Game for the Living. Harper, 1958.