Highsmith, Patricia

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Patricia Highsmith
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Highsmith, Patricia Gender: F
born on 19 January 1921 at 03:30 (= 03:30 AM )
Place Fort Worth TX, USA, 32n43, 97w19
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 28°48' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 25°22 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 01°38'


American author, primarily of psychological thrillers. Her first novel, "Strangers on a Train, published in 1950, was made into a major motion picture by Alfred Hitchcock. Under the pseudonym of Clare Morgan, she published her next novel in 1953, "The Price of Salt," which explored homosexual themes and which was turned down by her first publisher. In 1955, she wrote her first of several novel about Tom Ripley, "The Talented Mr. Ripley," which was also made into a motion picture starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law. In addition to over 20 novels, she wrote short stories and one book on the craft of writing, "Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction" in 1966. In the book, she theorized: "art has nothing to do with morality, convention or moralizing." Highsmith died in Locarno Switzerland on February 4, 1995.

Although she was born in America, she spent much of her adult life in Switzerland and France. She studied Greek and Latin and English at Barnard College and graduated in 1942..

Although her popularity in the US came late in her life, she won the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Le Grand Prix de Literature Policiere and the Award of the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. Both "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "The Two Faces of January" won two awards in 1957 and 1964 respectively. The archives of her work are maintained in Berne.

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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1950 (first novel published)
  • Death by Disease 4 February 1995 (lung cancer)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1966 ("Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1955 (the first of the Tom Ripley novels)
  • Work : Prize 1957 (Mystery Writers of America Scroll and Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere,)
  • Work : Prize 1964 (Silver Dagger Award for best crime novel of the year, Crime Writers Association of England)
  • Work : Prize 1990 (Officer l'Ordre des Arts es des Lettres)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith," a biography by Andrew Wilson (London: Bloomsbury, 2003) p. 22. Filipe Ferreira quotes the same.


  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (lived in Europe most of her life)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (writing awards)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (book on writing)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (psychological thrillers)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (lung cancer)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Lung