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Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires

The Life of Patricia Highsmith

Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires

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Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires

Devils, Lusts and Strange Desires

The Life of Patricia Highsmith

Audio Library Digital

05/20/2021

565 minutes

9781662099274

Audio Retail Digital

05/20/2021

565 minutes

9781662099502

Audio CD

05/20/2021

8 Audio CD

565 minutes

9781662098826

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05/20/2021

2 Audio MP3 CD

565 minutes

9781662099731

Playaway

05/20/2021

565 minutes

9781662099953

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Made famous by the great success of her psychological thrillers, Patricia Highsmith is lauded as one of the most influential and celebrated modern writers. However, there has never been a clear picture of the woman behind the books. The relationship between Highsmith's lesbianism, her fraught personality—by parts self-destructive and malicious—and her fiction has been largely avoided by biographers. She was openly homosexual and wrote the seminal lesbian love story, Carol. In modern times, she would be venerated as a radical exponent of the LGBT community. However, her status as an LGBT icon is undermined by the fact that she was excessively cruel and exploitative of her friends and lovers. In this new biography, Richard Bradford brings his sharp, incisive style to one of the great and most controversial writers of the twentieth century. He considers Highsmith's bestsellers in the context of her troubled personal life: her alcoholism, licentious sex life, racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and abundant self-loathing.

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