Patricia Highsmith Short Fiction Analysis - Essay

Patricia Highsmith Short Fiction Analysis

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

Patricia Highsmith is certainly better known for her novels, especially the Ripley series, than for her short stories. Nevertheless, her work in the demanding shorter medium was diverse and of very high literary quality. She was praised by no less a master of the well-told tale than Graham Greene, who in his foreword to The Snail-Watcher, and Other Stories calls her “a writer who has created a world of her own—a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger.” Highsmith is not simply a teller of interesting stories but also a master of the intellectually unsettling, a goad and a gadfly who clearly means to upset readers’ smug comfort with the everyday world that they...

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