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Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith (Bloomsbury Lives of Women) Paperback – 7 Jun 2010
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'A fascinating, beautifully balanced and meticulously researched biography, bringing us as close to understanding Highsmith as we are ever likely to get' Sunday Telegraph 'Wilson has delved with extraordinary diligence, and everything he has unearthed is remarkable' Mail on Sunday 'Excellent and outstandingly readable ... Brilliant and compelling' Daily Mail 'An exemplary biography of a tortured, difficult and outstandingly gifted human being' Sunday Times
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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I wasn't disappointed. Beautiful Shadow interweaves the life of Highsmith and her books almost as one, and demonstrates how the two are so closely interlinked.
It's hard to believe from her books that Highsmith was most contended of individuals, and this proves to be the case.
Her story, which Wilson (although he never met her) has put together with the help of her journals and interviews with friends and contacts, is a masterful account of a tragic and tortured individual, who led a lonely life interrupted really only by the joy she gained from writing and painting.
wasted on the American literary establishment.
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