Glass Cell

Glass Cell

by Patricia Highsmith
     
 

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At last back in print, one of Patricia Highsmith's most disturbing works.
Rife with overtones of Dostoyevsky, The Glass Cell, first published forty years ago, combines a quintessential Highsmith mystery with a penetrating critique of the psychological devastation wrought by the prison system. Falsely convicted of fraud, the easygoing but naive Philip Carter is

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At last back in print, one of Patricia Highsmith's most disturbing works.
Rife with overtones of Dostoyevsky, The Glass Cell, first published forty years ago, combines a quintessential Highsmith mystery with a penetrating critique of the psychological devastation wrought by the prison system. Falsely convicted of fraud, the easygoing but naive Philip Carter is sentenced to six lonely, drug-ravaged years in prison. Upon his release, Carter is a more suspicious and violent man. For those around him, earning back his trust can mean the difference between life and death. The Glass Cell's bleak and compelling portrait of daily prison life—and the consequences for those who live it—is, sadly, as relevant today as it was when the book was first published in 1964.

Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
“The book is well made, well told.”
New York Times Book Review
“There's a certain harsh power here that is compelling.”
The New Yorker
“Patricia Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing...bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night.”
Library Journal
In Highsmith's 1964 novel, an innocent, harmless man emerges after six years in prison a violent, drug-abusing thug who is a stranger to his loving family and friends. The plot stems from Highsmith's own correspondence with a convict. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393325676
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/19/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
249
Sales rank:
1,414,306
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt,The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 19, 1921
Date of Death:
February 4, 1995
Place of Birth:
Fort Worth, Texas
Place of Death:
Locarno, Switzerland
Education:
B.A., Barnard College, 1942

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