From the original review of Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith in the Oakland Tribune, April, 1950: Crime Tale Has Touch of Poe, Stevenson at Their Eeriest.
This eerie tale may be read as a story of “possession” in the old demonic sense — as a philosophical allegory of the extremes of good and evil that like in every man’s nature — as a psychological study of divided personalities and the power of suggestion.
It’s also a high powered detective yarn of murder, its concealment and eventual unmasking — or as a terror tale fully equal to the classics of Stevenson and Poe. Read More→
When The Price of Salt was published in 1952, it was a rarity in lesbian literature. Lesbian pulp novels were quite a thing, but in order to pass censors, one of the two protagonists had to either come to a bad end or realize that she was straight, after all.
The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith was published under the pseudonym Claire Morgan. Highsmith was at the start of a career writing thrillers about sociopaths (such as the one in her first book, Strangers on a Train, the basis for the 1951 Hitchcock film). T
he Price of Salt was an early departure from what was to be her preferred genre — psychological thrillers; it would remain an outlier among her works. Read More→