The selected stories of Patricia Highsmith

by Highsmith, Patricia, 1921-1995.

Format: Print Book 2001
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Fiction FIC HIGHSM
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Collection  Fiction
 
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Highsmith
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Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
 
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Summary
An anthology of short fiction from the late mistress of suspense and noir features works from five of her classic short story collections combined into a single anthology.
Contents
Chorus girl's absolutely final performance
Djemal's revenge
There I was, stuck with Bubsy
Ming's biggest prey
In the dead of truffle season
The bravest rat in Venice
Engine horse
The day of reckoning
Notes from a respectable cockroach
Eddie and the monkey robberies
Hamsters vs. Websters
Harry: a ferret
Goat ride
The hand
Oona, the jolly cave woman
The coquette
The female novelist
The dancer
The invalid, or, the bedridden
The artist
The middle-class housewife
The fully licensed whore, or, the wife
The breeder
The mobile bed-object
The perfect little lady
The silent mother-in-law
The prude
The victim
The evangelist
The perfectionist
The man who wrote books in his head
The network
The pond
Something you have to live with
Slowly, slowly in the wind
Those awful dawns
Woodrow Wilson's necktie
One for the islands
A curious suicide
The baby spoon
Broken glass
Please don't shoot the trees
Something the cat dragged in
Not one of us
The terrors of basket-weaving
Under a dark angel's eye
I despise your life
The dream of the Emma C
Old folks at home
When in Rome
Blow it
The kite
The black house
Mermaids on the golf course
The button
Where the action is
Chris's last party
A clock ticks at Christmas
A shot from nowhere
The stuff of madness
Not in this life, maybe the next
I am not as efficient as other people
The cruelest month
The romantic.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The late Highsmith, best known for her 21 suspense novels, including Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley, dubbed "the poet of apprehension" by Graham Greene, also wrote a considerable number of short stories: twisted fables, minimysteries, excursions into calmly diabolical characters, written in her unsettlingly dispassionate voice. This volume brings together in one volume Highsmith's five previously published short story collections: The Animal Lover's Book of Beastly Murder; Little Tales of Misogyny; Slowly, Slowly in the Wind; The Black House; and Mermaids on the Golf Course. A foreword by Greene is also reprinted here. There has been a strong revival of interest in Highsmith since the success of the recent movie based on The Talented Mr. Ripley. This volume will be useful for libraries where the individual collections are no longer available and readers are again clamoring for the author. That said, however, there is little in the way of editorial enhancement here to recommend the book on its own. --Connie Fletcher"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In his foreword to this big posthumous collection, the late Graham Greene deemed the inimitable crime novelist Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley; Strangers on a Train) "the poet of apprehension." Although the short story doesn't allow Texas-born expatriate Highsmith to take menace to the creepy heights achieved in her novels, this volume shows the range and depth of her misanthropy. Divided into sections that sort the cruelty of humans into different guises, the stories range from the abuse and neglect of innocent animals and children (Highsmith demonstrates a tenderness toward innocents that balances and highlights her dark world view) to the stupidity or deadly self-indulgence of different characters including a man who spends his entire life writing novels in his head. The evil that Highsmith probes can be subtle. In "The Network," for example, a middle-aged woman in Manhattan serves as the den mother of city dwellers cleaving together out of a common fear of the dangers of New York. The woman is shown busily spinning a web of fear and bad feeling under the guise of doing good. Other stories are at the opposite end of the subtlety scale. In "Slowly, Slowly in the Wind," a hotheaded tycoon marches inexorably toward a crime laid out in the first pages with the beautiful precision of a place setting by Martha Stewart. As with the productions of that gifted hostess, the thrill here is in the unexpected flourishes. In every story, Highsmith demonstrates her brilliant and inimitable talent for making even the coldest characters galvanizing. Entertaining enough for the beach, this collection should be compulsory for students of the psychological thriller. (Aug.) Forecast: Hefty enough to daunt casual film-influenced readers, this collection will thrill hardcore fans, and should backlist well. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Detective and mystery stories, American.
Psychological fiction, American.
Publisher New York :W.W. Norton,2001
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Short stories.
Language English
Description x, 724 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0393020312
9780393020311
0393327728
9780393327724
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