Patricia Highsmith


Born
in Fort Worth, Texas, The United States
January 19, 1921

Died
February 04, 1995

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Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers which have led to more than two dozen film adaptations over the years.

She lived with her grandmother, mother and later step-father (her mother divorced her natural father six months before 'Patsy' was born and married Stanley Highsmith) in Fort Worth before moving with her parents to New York in 1927 but returned to live with her grandmother for a year in 1933. Returning to her parents in New York, she attended public schools in New York City and later graduated from Barnard College in 1942.

Shortly after graduation her short story 'The Heroine' was published in the Harper's Bazaar magazine and it was selected as one of the 22 best stories
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“My imagination functions much better when I don't have to speak to people.”
Patricia Highsmith

“I feel I stand in a desert with my hands outstretched, and you are raining down upon me.”
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“Anticipation! It occurred to him that his anticipation was more pleasant to him than the experiencing.”
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