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Beautiful Shadow

(2003)
A Life of Patricia Highsmith
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The first and highly anticipated biography of the author of such classics of suspense as Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

The life of Patricia Highsmith was as secretive and unusual as that of many of the best-known characters who people her "peerlessly disturbing" writing. Yet even as her work - her thrillers, short stories, and the pseudonymous lesbian novel The Price of Salt - have found new popularity in the last few years, the life of this famously elusive writer has remained a mystery.
For Beautiful Shadow, the first biography of Highsmith, journalist Andrew Wilson mined the vast archive of diaries, notebooks, and letters that Patricia Highsmith left behind, astonishing in their candor and detail. He interviewed her closest friends and colleagues as well as some of her many lovers. But Wilson also traces Highsmith's literary roots in the work of Poe, noir, and existentialism, locating the influences that helped distinguish Highsmith's writing so startlingly from more ordinary thrillers.

The result is both a serious critical biography and one that reveals much about a brilliant and contradictory woman, one who despite her acclaim and affairs always maintained her solitude.



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July 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith
Author(s): Andrew Wilson
ISBN: 1-58234-198-2 / 978-1-58234-198-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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June 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith (Bloomsbury Lives of Women)
Author(s): Andrew Wilson
ISBN: 0-7475-6314-4 / 978-0-7475-6314-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Paperback Editions

June 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith (Bloomsbury Lives of Women)
Author(s): Andrew Wilson
ISBN: 1-4088-1119-7 / 978-1-4088-1119-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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May 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith
Author(s): Andrew Wilson
ISBN: 0-7475-6855-3 / 978-0-7475-6855-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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March 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith
Author(s): Andrew Wilson
ISBN: 1-58234-411-6 / 978-1-58234-411-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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December 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith
Author(s): Andrew Wilson
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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