Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950's [NOOK Book]

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Patricia Highsmith, author of classics such as The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Price of Salt, was a lesbian who defied categorization during the postwar period. Her dynamic, often difficult life coupled with her sinister crime stories and upbeat lesbian pulp fiction challenged popular stereotypes about homosexuality as well as women writers. To aspiring young novelist Marijane Meaker, however, Highsmith was more than a role model. During their two-year romance amidst the bohemian set of Greenwich Village and the...
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Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950's

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Overview


Patricia Highsmith, author of classics such as The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Price of Salt, was a lesbian who defied categorization during the postwar period. Her dynamic, often difficult life coupled with her sinister crime stories and upbeat lesbian pulp fiction challenged popular stereotypes about homosexuality as well as women writers. To aspiring young novelist Marijane Meaker, however, Highsmith was more than a role model. During their two-year romance amidst the bohemian set of Greenwich Village and the literary crowd of the Hamptons, the pair navigated the underground lesbian bar scene, lunched with literary stars like Janet Flanner, shared intimacies, gossiped with abandon, and maintained a steady routine of writing and heavy drinking. Written with wit and brassy candor, this is a rare and revealing look at the life and loves of a controversial icon of popular American fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573444774
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • File size: 227 KB

Meet the Author


Marijane Meaker has published more than forty books since 1952. Writing under the pen-name Vin Packer, she wrote the lesbian pulp sensation Spring Fire. As the acclaimed young adult novelist M.E. Kerr, Meaker is the author of Deliver Us from Evie, Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack and many others. Meaker's work has been singled out for notable distinction by the New York Times, ALA, and School Library Journal. She lives in Long Island, NY.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    Realism and yet PASSION

    Although it is called a romance, I don't think it quite is. I likes the relationship between Pat and Marijane, it was real. It said they had their differences, both being writers under the same roof, but they share time together like a schedule. The only REAL romance that goes on is them for their cats, and them for each other. It does say that sex for them was always good, but their ideas always clash. The ending is a great way to sympathize with the rest of the novel saying how crooked Pat is, with her drinking and opinions about Jews or blacks, or even people like her, people who are lesbian. The last few pages are the most sentimental, I think. It totally relates to the wanderlust seen in Pat's lesbian novel, 'The Price of Salt.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    More than a Memoir of Pat Highsmith

    What I liked about this memoir was that it described the times, the 50's: the Mafia-run lesbian bars, the risks attached to living as a lesbian, all of that and then there is the writing life, how two independent women made their livings solely by writing, not an easy accomplishment. Highsmith, of course, is there in all her glory, although she proves not to be so glorious in her later years. But I can see her in this book as a person, not as a caricature or as someone the person describing her didn't know. You feel Meaker really knows what she's talking about, and she is not afraid, either, to describe her own flaws. I couldn't put this book down, which surprised me because the internet stuff about PH rarely gives any new insight to what made her tick. This book does. Is Karen Queeg one of Meaker's pseudonyms? Anyway, this was a FIND for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    WHAT A WONDERFUL READ!!!!!

    If you haven't read it yet, I envy you. I didn't want it to end. I am a big fan of Patricia Highsmith and Ripley and this gave so much insight into her writing and her life. Meaker is a smart, funny, honest writer, and she covers it all; gay life in the '50s, how two writers survive (or don't survive) together, and marvelous insights into Highsmith's motivations for Ripley et al. One puzzling thing about Barnes and Noble ... They list two writers Meaker and a second writer named Karen Quigg. My copy of the book only lists Meaker. They should correct this listing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2003

    Give this one a try!

    Even if you're not a fan of Patricia Highsmith, you'll enjoy this memoir for its intriguing portrait of New York social life in the 1950s, as well as the insights it provides into the 'writing life' of two women authors. Meaker writes with assurance and candor. I appreciated the fact that she doesn't spell things out for the reader, nor does she make excuses for some of the dubious personal behavior (including, occasionally, her own) that's on display in this book. Highsmith : A Romance of the Fifties is a memorable portrait of some memorable people -- give it a try!

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