Trailer for Patricia Highsmith movie about troubled 1950s lesbian love affair

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in Carol, a new movie based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, The Price of Salt. Published in 1952 under the pen name Claire Morgan, it's about a troubled love affair between a rich bored housewife and a poor frustrated department store shopgirl. Some critics believe Nabokov borrowed liberally from The Price of Salt in writing Lolita.

The late Patricia Highsmith is the author of Strangers on a Train and the Talented Mr. Ripley (read my review here), both of which were adapted into excellent movies, so I have high hopes for Carol. RELATED: Patricia Highsmith's "Desert Island Discs" Read the rest

Patricia Highsmith's "Desert Island Discs"

The great suspense novelist Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr Ripley, Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt) was interviewed in 1979 for the BBC's Desert Island Discs radio program. She talks about writing for comic books, her childhood, her interest in snails, her favorite music, and more. Read the rest

The Talented Mr. Ripley, psychological suspense novel featuring a fascinating anti-hero

When I saw The Talented Mr. Ripley movie in 1999, I had no idea it was based on a novel by the same author of the famous Hitchcock movie, Strangers on a Train. I loved both movies. When I finally did learn that, I also learned that the author, Patricia Highsmith, wrote five novels starring the sociopathic anti-hero Tom Ripley. (The novels are known as the Ripliad.)

Written in 1955, The Talented Mr. Ripley is about a twentysomething con artist and social striver named Tom Ripley living in New York. He is allergic to honest work, but loves the finer things in life -- nice clothes, luxury travel, and perfecting the fine art of doing nothing. How fortunate for Tom that a man tracks him down and asks him to travel to Sicily to convince his wannabe-artist son to come back and join the lucrative family business. The man thinks that Tom is a close friend of his son, and Tom does nothing to correct the false impression (he barely knows him), because he's eager to take an expense-paid trip to Europe. Read the rest