The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith

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  • Title: The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith
  • Author: Joan Schenkar
  • ISBN: 9780312303754
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Hardcover
The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith

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    JOAN SCHENKAR has been called America s most original female contemporary playwright TRULY WILDE, her biography of Oscar s interesting niece Dolly Wilde, was hailed as a revelation, the great story of a life and of the creation of modern culture THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH has already been acclaimed as the definitive Highsmith biography.As a child actor in Seattle, Schenkar made many television and stage appearances one of them was with Everett Edward Horton and was a touring member of the corps de ballet of The Cornish Ballet Company She wrote her first play while living in The Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan The recipient of than forty grants, fellowships, and awards for her comedies of menace including seven National Endowment for the Arts grants , Schenkar has been reviewed in every major and many minor newspaper in the English speaking theatre world She has been playwright in residence in universities, artists colonies, as well as in such experimental theatre companies as Joseph Chaikin s Winter Project, The Polish Laboratory Theatre, and The Minnesota Opera New Music Theatre Ensemble She is an alumna of New Dramatists, and a current member of The Authors Guild, Societe des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques, PEN, The Dramatists Guild, and The Bront Society She was founder and artistic director of Force Majeure Productions in New York City The London theatre company, SIGNS OF LIFE THEATRE, was named after her play and a road in Pownal, Vermont has been named after her She has an ABD in English and American literature and aesthetics.Her published plays include one of the most widely produced and studied plays in the history of theatre written by women, SIGNS OF LIFE She has had than five hundred productions of her work on stage, radio, and video, including the following plays CABIN FEVER, SIGNS OF LIFE, THE LODGER, BUCKS AND DOES, MR MONSTER, THE LAST OF HITLER, BETWEEN THE ACTS, HUNTING DOWN THE SEXES, FULFILLING KOCH S POSTULATE, FAMILY PRIDE IN THE 50 s, FIRE IN THE FUTURE, THE UNIVERSAL WOLF, BURNING DESIRES.Feature articles about JOAN SCHENKAR s work have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times,The Village Voice, The Washington Post, The Denver Post, and The Seattle Post Intelligencer She is the subject of articles and interviews in such scholarly and theatrical journals as TDR, Theatre Journal, PAJ, Modern Drama, Women and Performance, Michigan Quarterly Review, Studies in American Drama, Alternatives Theatrales, and Feminist Re visions Her short stories have been published in several anthologiesGNS OF LIFE Six Comedies of Menace, a collection of her plays, was published in 1998 and was a Wesleyan University Press best seller TRULY WILDE the unsettling story of Dolly Wilde, Oscar s unusual niece was published by Basic Books Perseus in New York, Virago Press Little Brown in London and RandomHouse Mondadori in Barcelona in 2000 and 2001 and was a finalist for The Lamda Literary Award Her latest work a literary biography of Patricia Highsmith, THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith has just been published by St Martin s Press New York , and will be published by Diogenes Verlag Zurich , and Circe Press Barcelona in 2010AN SCHENKAR lives and writes in Paris and Greenwich Village.



643 thoughts on “The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith

  • Though initially for at least the first half , Schenkar s tone grated on me, I did ultimately come to admire her work She seemed kinder less presumptuous to Highsmith in her old age and self imposed isolation in her fortress of a house in Switzerland I think Schenkar felt sorry for her one does and her admiration comes through Still, Schenkar reminds me of the sort of person who d drive you crazy if she were your friend always presuming to know what you re thinking and what your motivations are [...]


  • This is maybe the worst biography I ever read First of all, the woman can t write Clunky, repetitive and inapt Words like quondam and intermitted as a verb or the phrase avant la lettre which draw attention to themselves because of their oddness are used over and over again so that they start to seem like tics or vocabulary exercises use quondam in 5 sentences Second, the conjecture and over striving to make this something dramatic than a biography of one of the foremost suspense lesbian female [...]


  • I have a confession to make before I ever read Middlemarch, I devoured a biography of George Eliot And although I m not terribly enad of her poetry except for that one in the Sweet Valley High book where the girl tries coke and DIES I ve plowed through Savage Beauty The Life of Edna St Vincent Millay I have biographies of George Sand and Collette sitting on my shelves I ve never read anything by either of them I like reading about authors, even sometimes especially authors whose work I m not fam [...]


  • Strangely enough, I didn t love this But I m not sure I can say I ve read every last bit of footnoted addendum, oblique reference, unattached factoid and free floating nanobit, because of the way I read it and the way it was written.Ms Shenkar seems to have had ample access to Highsmith in the very late years of the legendary mystery author s life she certainly had near total access to the effects papers of the estate Odd personal details a pair of 501 jeans given to Shenkar by Highsmith still h [...]


  • Patricia Highsmith is best known for her Ripliad five novels featuring an engaging murderer, Tom Ripley This criminally attractive man is the enemy of all things conventional, as was his creator.Moments before her death, Highsmith urged a visiting friend to leave, repeating, Don t stay, don t stay Highsmith wanted nothing than to die alone, according to her biographer, who concludes, Everything human was alien to her Highsmith, a native Texan, was born restless, her mother said The novelist kep [...]


  • Fear of loss, instigated by a world of people and objects out of her control, was a constant theme in Pat s life It put its unmistakable patina on much of her work that long, slow crawl over the surface of things that can be counted, described and handled p 453 She was only comfortable when she was uncomfortable Discomfort the condition with which he was most at home and least at ease was a productive state for her it usually kept her writing p 463.This biography took me three months to finish I [...]


  • How can you resist a biography that begins, She wasn t nice She was rarely polite Schenkar s book is not hagiography by any means, but it is one of the most incisive, gripping biographies you will read She makes clear her dislike of her subject again and again Highsmith was racist, anti Semitic, misogynistic, and just downright unpleasant whenever she could get away with it She brought a lover to the brink of suicide then walked away with utter callousness She was the type of person no one shoul [...]


  • It s nice to know that there s another Patricia Highsmith biography out there because this one s bad, very bad Joan Schenkar s sloppy biography doesn t follow a linear timeline, so we re perpetually skating from the Forties to the Seventies to the Fifties and back It s as if the biographer had a serious case of ADD Consequently, the bio was very hard to follow There s also way too much to do about her lesbianism, i.e there s about that than her actual novels Highsmith s attitude to lesbianism w [...]


  • I d rate it a bit less than a 3 The wealth of material on Highsmith turns into overkill in the hands of author Schenkar Yes, we are happy that Highsmith kept a diary for decades, but we don t need all the details unless they are essential to her life, and importantly, relate to her writing Once Schenkar reports about halfway through that Highsmith was rather blank about her own writing, we realize that a major reason for reading the book has just been squashed flat we will not receive much insi [...]


  • everything i ve read about patricia highsmith before this bio highlights how much of a monster she is things like she had no friends, she was barely human, etc this bio did a wonderful job of showing this side of her as well as an incredibly insecure and tortured artist who had the capacity to be an incredibly sweet friend and a passionate lover though incredibly thorough and insightful, the author stretches coincidences and aha moments too far sometimes at times she seems to want everything to [...]


  • Unfortunately, I m giving up on this book, 312 pages in I never give up on a book lightly, but I ve been struggling with this one for two months and it s distracting me from getting other reading done I feel like the author wanted to write a massive tome, even if it meant filling it with pages and pages of boring gossip and who did Pat Highsmith sleep with tonight and repeating endlessly that she had a complicated relationship with her mother There was a lot of interesting stuff packed in here, [...]


  • Thank you, Emmi, for alerting me to this book.There have been many theories about Patricia Highsmith, i.e that she had Asperger s Syndrome, etc Allow me to add mine could it have been possible that Pat Highsmith was transgendered This book adds valuable information about Highsmith and for reading Highsmith, and because the writer had access to thousands of pages of Pat s writing ideas and plans, and her diaries, it provides exciting information not available before now.The bio is organized in an [...]


  • Schenkar, Joan THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith 2009 This is not an easy read, nor a short one It took me a while to get through this 600 page epic on the life of Miss Highsmith Highsmith was born in 1921 in Fort Worth, Texas, and died in 1995 in Locarno In between, she managed to write an astounding number of books novels, short stories, travel fiction, criticism, and scholarly books on writing Her first book, Strangers on a Train, was made into [...]


  • By turns, this biography of Patricia Highsmith is fascinating and irritating Highsmith was a true eccentric impulsive, passionate, odd, and changeable and the book is full of intriguing details Her multiple lovers, her jealous relationships with her lovers pets, the inspirations for her macabre plots, her constant travels, her alcoholism, her shifting connection with the lesbian community, her tense relationship with her mother and stepfather, her pet snails, her paranoia about money, her dietar [...]


  • Did Not Finish BiographyAuthor Patricia Highsmith is a favorite author her debut novel, Strangers on a Train, was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock s 1951 thriller.Ms Highsmith also authored the noir Tom Ripley series five books This superb psychological thriller was made into a feature film, the first starring Matt Damon, the second, John Malkovich, and the third, Barry Pepper.This is a rare Did Not Finish book I tried reading it two years ago, and just couldn t bear to continue The author w [...]


  • Good although I would also read Meaker s Highsmith as the two together provides of a balanced perspective about Highsmith Schenkar seems like she has one mission to prove over and over that Highsmith was mentally disturbed and a horrible human being.



  • Reading this book was an absolutely fascinating yet exhausting experience I can only imagine the energy and fortitude required to research and write the biography, let alone live with Highsmith for so many years I scribbled many comments in the margins concerning Highsmith as well as the often caustic narrative as others have commented Schenkar s approach to biography is a bit puzzling, so much snark, really quite surprising even if the biographer grows to dislike the subject, as many do, and no [...]


  • The only reason this book gets three stars is because of all the independent research done by the author This resulted in a wealth of information that was previously unavailable The book was fine as long as the author stuck to the facts As soon as she tried to be coy, interpret the motives behind Patricia Highsmith s actions, or even give much of an interpretation of Highsmith s works, the book became an incredibly frustrating read I get the impression that the author decided who Patricia Highsm [...]



  • Tremendously insightful and detailed analysis of the life and work of Highsmith, which shows how her personal damage created artful work and fraught relationships throughout her career.


  • The Talented Miss Highsmith The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith by Joan SchenkarThis is a very in depth biography of Patricia Highsmith Joan Schenkar draws from interviews, books, and the 38 Cahiers spiral bound notebooks and 18 Diaries of Patricia Highsmith kept at the Swiss Literary Archives The book itself is 683 pages long with notes, bibliography, index, a map of where she went in Manhattan, diagrams, a timeline of her life, and two extensive sections of black and white ph [...]


  • A 600 page, factoid filled description of an insane asylum, written by an author who no doubt needed counseling and or medication during after the research and writing.


  • The subject of this biography is Patricia Highsmith, the author of the The Talented Mr Ripley , Strangers on a Train , and The Price of Salt , all published before she was 35 years old Joan Schenkar has done enormous research, and she s an astute reader of Highsmith s novels Shenkar identifies the several themes that thread through Highsmith s novels the mirrored personalities of pairs of characters, same yet opposite the barely suppressed homosexuality the thin line between love and murderous h [...]


  • A really good biography of Patricia Highsmith Although not constructed in a chronological or historical manner, the book focuses on a collection of themes, the style helps Schenkar to recreate some of the frenetic energy that drove Highsmith s life and writing Highsmith is a disturbing subject, not only because of her work, but because of how she related to the world Living forty years later she would probably have availed herself of the category of transgendered At times the non linear structur [...]


  • Finally finished this tome Sigh What to say about this mess I d read one of Miss Highsmith s books before and look forward to reading a few that are on my shelf So I came to this bio with very little knowledge about her beyond what might be mentioned in the About the Author page in her books Well, i know a lot about her now Maybe too much Unfortunately what i know is mostly disjointed, since that s how Schenkar decided to present her info There was so much there to play with and yet she chose t [...]


  • She wasn t nice She was rarely polite And no one who knew her well would have called her a generous woman from A Note on Biography , The Talented Miss Highsmith Where to start I was consumed by Patricia Highsmith s life for several days and feel like I can finally take a deep breath and collect my thoughts I ve never read about anyone remotely like her She s a labyrinth of different traits on a spectrum from admirable to despicable At her worst, she s a bigot and a misanthrope At her best, she s [...]


  • In this labyrinth and needlessly exhaustive biography, Joan Schenkar introduces us to the author Patricia Highsmith Unfortunately, Highsmith is an extremely unsympathetic figure and her interesting but flawed body of work seems inadequate justification to suffer her company for so long.The Texas born, New York City raised Highsmith seems like a good subject and drawing heavily on Highsmith s own lifelong diaries and journals Schenkar begins with a detailed examination of her youth and the comple [...]


  • The scope and the sheer volume of information in this biography analysis is at times self defeating The author, Joan Schenkar, has decided on a very bold and fairly unusual approach dispensing with the run of the mill chronology of Patricia Highsmith s life and work although offering a brief overview at the end of the book , she has attempted to tap into the core of Highsmith s being and her way of thinking and living, in order to understand her way of creating In certain areas this makes for an [...]


  • I don t know what I expected I learned about Patricia Highsmith through the New York Times Book Review of this biography In it, a portrait was painted of a woman writer in the 1940s and 50s whose actions seemed as sociopathic as that of one of her most famous characters, the talented Mr Ripley She was dark, dreamed up ugly murders for fun, wrote for comic books though she denied it , hated her mother, and slept with women and sometimes men sometimes for love but often for sport I wanted to read [...]


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