Price of Salt

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Now recognized as a masterwork, the scandalous novel that anticipated Nabokov's Lolita."I have long had a theory that Nabokov knew The Price of Salt and modeled the climactic cross-country car chase in Lolita on Therese and Carol's frenzied bid for freedom," writes Terry Castle in The New Republic about this novel, arguably Patricia Highsmith's finest, first published in 1952 under the pseudonym Clare Morgan. Soon to be a new film, The Price of Salt tells the riveting story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer ...
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Now recognized as a masterwork, the scandalous novel that anticipated Nabokov's Lolita."I have long had a theory that Nabokov knew The Price of Salt and modeled the climactic cross-country car chase in Lolita on Therese and Carol's frenzied bid for freedom," writes Terry Castle in The New Republic about this novel, arguably Patricia Highsmith's finest, first published in 1952 under the pseudonym Clare Morgan. Soon to be a new film, The Price of Salt tells the riveting story of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose salvation arrives one day in the form of Carol Aird, an alluring suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce. They fall in love and set out across the United States, pursued by a private investigator who eventually blackmails Carol into a choice between her daughter and her lover. With this reissue, The Price of Salt may finally be recognized as a major twentieth-century American novel.

Author Biography: Patricia Highsmith is the author of such classics as Strangers on a Train and Nothing That Meets the Eye. She died in 1995 in Locarno, Switzerland.

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Editorial Reviews

The Independent
“A document of persecuted love—perfect.”
The Sunday Times
“About the pursuit of love, and true happiness…It has characters who laugh, and who laugh without scorn or illusion…very recognizably Highsmith, full of tremor and of threat and of her peculiar genius for anxiety.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562800031
  • Publisher: Bella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1991
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.62 (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 and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Patricia Plangman (birth name); Claire Morgan (pen name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 19, 1921
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Date of Death:
      February 4, 1995
    2. Place of Death:
      Locarno, Switzerland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2002

    A Superb Novel

    I first read the 'Price of Salt' 25 years ago at the tender age of 19, the same age as the character Therese in the book. It made such an impact on me. I bought it at the now defunct 'Womanbooks' bookstore on the Upper West Side. Reading the story was like a rite of passage because the book's ending was not your typical period lesbian love story with it's morbid, tragic ending though in some ways it was a sad ending. Mostly it was a more realistic bittersweet finale. It swept me through a range of deeply felt emotions. It is a timeless love story and one that anyone would enjoy! Patricia Highsmith was a storyteller of the highest caliber!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2000

    A Must Read Classic

    This book is well-written...by the end you really have a sense of who the characters were and what motivated them. It is more than a lesbian love story; it's a true novel. This book is read by myself at least once a year...too bad, though, there was never a sequel!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Great piece of lesbian literature, amazing now, even 61 years la

    Great piece of lesbian literature, amazing now, even 61 years later. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Eerie

    I read this book after seeing a small bit of the filming for Carol, a movie based on this book. The book was interesting, gave me a different prespective on love. Whike not a scary book by any means,parts of it were just creepy.

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