This is the first biography
and it is a good one, stacking up oodles of anecdotes and interpretations. -- Guardian 12th July 2003
From the Back Cover
Throughout her life she would find herself drawn to a number of women whom she could use as muses, women who have here talked about Highsmith for the first time. Yet the fantasy love affair a relationship conducted within the confines of the imagination was always more alluring than the reality and as a result the only lasting happiness Highsmith experienced came through her work.
Drawing on Highsmiths voluminous personal papers, and the testimonies of her closest friends, Andrew Wilson has written the first biography of the author described by Graham Greene as the poet of apprehension and by Gore Vidal as one of our greatest modernist writers. In this biography he illuminates the dark corners of Highsmiths life, casts light on the mysteries of the creative process and reveals the secrets that the writer chose to keep hidden until after her death.