The Ripley books are marvellously, insanely readableIt's hard to imagine anyone interested in modern fiction who has not read the Ripley novelsRipley is an unmistakable descendant of Gatsby, that 'penniless young man without a past' who will stop at nothingFor eliciting the menance that lurks in familiar surroundings, there is no-one like Patricia HighsmithPeerlessly disturbing . . . bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night with the sense that an awful possibility has been articulated only to be left unresolvedExquisitely chillingMore than any other American literary character, Ripley provides a lens to peer into the sinister machinations of human behaviorMore than any other American literary character, Ripley provides a lens to peer into the sinister machinations of human behavior
TheBoy Who Followed Ripley
Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and moved to New York when she was six. In her senior year, she edited the college magazine, having decided at the age of sixteen to become a writer. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train (1950), was made into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The Talented Mr Ripley (1955), introduced the fascinating anti-hero Tom Ripley, and was made into an Oscar-winning film in 1999 by Anthony Minghella. Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland, in February 1995. Her last novel, Small g: A Summer Idyll, was published posthumously, the same year.