Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How might the alienation in Patricia Highsmith’s fiction reflect the period in which she was writing?

According to Highsmith, how do suspense novels differ from mystery novels?

Highsmith’s work is distinctive because of its amorality. What is the difference between amoral and immoral tales?

How does Highsmith use performance and imitation in her novels?

What do readers learn from doubles and duality in Highsmith’s novels?

What vision of America does Highsmith’s fiction present to her readers?