A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
1/19/1921 Patricia Highsmith is born
January 19, 1921. Patricia Highsmith was born on this date in Fort Worth, Texas. Her best known novels are the five books about the villainous Tom Ripley, and Strangers On A Train. A lot of them were made into movies, including that classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Her classic novel of lesbian romance The Price of Salt, was just made into the movie Carol, which came out last year.
One person who knew her described Highsmith as "a mean, hard, cruel, unlovable, unloving person." But she sure could write.