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Dark and dreary

Patricia Highsmith biography paints a disjointed picture of an unpleasant but talented writer

Patricia Highsmith, photographed in New York City by Marion Ettlinger in 1992, wrote 22 novels. Patricia Highsmith, photographed in New York City by Marion Ettlinger in 1992, wrote 22 novels.
By Jay Atkinson
Globe Correspondent / January 3, 2010

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Patricia Highsmith was a horrible person and Joan Schenkar’s new biography of her is an awful book, though at least one of these things could have been averted. As Highsmith’s former college classmate noted, the author “was ambitious and hardworking (and) when she was successful, I wasn’t surprised. But I wouldn’t have wanted her life.’’ (Full article: 908 words)

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