Patricia Highsmith, born Patricia Plangman of Fort Worth, Texas, in 1921, was a successful American mystery writer who wanted to share her fascination with abnormal behaviour and the psychology of guilt. She explored genres such as fantasy, horror, and comedy through novels and volumes of short stories. Several of her novels were inspiration for well-known films. Alfred Hitchcock?s Strangers on a Train was one film based on Tom Ripley, Highsmith?s series character.
As a child, Highsmith grew up in New York with her maternal grandmother. In fact, she did not meet her father, who was of German decent, until the age of twelve. Her surname, Highsmith, was that of her stepfather. Highsmith attended Julia Richmond High School followed by Columbia University. There she studied Latin, Greek, and English. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in 1942. She always showed interest in the arts. Still determined to become a famous writer, she sculpted and painted with great talent. After college, she worked with comic books, supplying the writers with plots. She had numerous jobs before she was able to print her first book.
Her debut came in 1950 with
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