Little Tales of Misogyny

Little Tales of Misogyny

by Patricia Highsmith
     
 

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Long out of print, this Highsmith classic resurfaces with a vengeance.

The great revival of interest in Patricia Highsmith continues with the publication of this legendary, cultish short story collection. With an eerie simplicity of style, Highsmith turns our next-door neighbors into sadistic psychopaths, lying in wait among white picket fences and manicured

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Long out of print, this Highsmith classic resurfaces with a vengeance.

The great revival of interest in Patricia Highsmith continues with the publication of this legendary, cultish short story collection. With an eerie simplicity of style, Highsmith turns our next-door neighbors into sadistic psychopaths, lying in wait among white picket fences and manicured lawns. In the darkly satiric, often mordantly hilarious sketches that make up Little Tales of Misogyny, Highsmith upsets our conventional notions of female character, revealing the devastating power of these once familiar creatures—"The Dancer," "The Female Novelist," "The Prude"—who destroy both themselves and the men around them. This work attesets to Highsmith's reputation as "the poet of apprehension" (Graham Greene).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The 17 tales in Highsmith's new collection are a far cry from Strangers on a Train and her other unforgettable thrillers. These stories, although written with exemplary style, make the flesh crawl but not pleasurably, as reliable suspense fare does. Each focuses on a female doing in a male or, more often, herself. ``The Breeder'' Elaine persists in giving birth until her husband Douglas goes irrevocably mad, trying to support 17 children. ``The Victim'' is Cathy, fond of claiming she's been raped repeatedly in her nubile adolescence. During her career as an airline hostess, Cathy's sexuality pays better in rich gifts than in sympathetic attention. But greed and vanity spell the lush girl's doom. From the book's overall tone, readers could infer that its origin was bitter contempt for humans of either gender. The entries fail as real satire, which is always amusing, regardless of its stings. (April 16)
Library Journal
In Highsmith's singularly unusual approach to mysteries, A Dog's Ransom (1972) can be taken literally, as the crime at hand is the dognapping of a couple's favorite pooch. The book also presents a study of urban life. Little Tales (1977) sports 17 portraits of wicked women. Great fun. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393345674
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,143,675
File size:
371 KB

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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