Highsmith, Patricia (Claire Morgan)


Highsmith, Patricia (Claire Morgan)

Birth Date

19 January 1921


Fort Worth, Texas

Death Date

4 February 1995




Claire Morgan

Biographical Text

Patricia Highsmith is represented in the collection by The Price of Salt (1953), "the novel of a love society forbids", which she wrote under the name of Claire Morgan and which has an unusually upbeat ending. The Price of Salt was republished as Carol under Highsmith's name in 1990. It was adpted in a film by the same name in 2015. Highsmith is most famous for her suspense novels, including The Talented Mr. Ripley. Highsmith's love affair with Marijane Meaker from 1959 to 1961 is recounted by Meaker in Highsmith : A Romance of the 1950s (Mount Library Call Number: PS 3558 I366 Z77 2003).


O. Henry Award, Best First Story for The Heroine, 1946
Edgar Allan Poe Scroll (special award), for The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1956
Mystery Writers of America, for The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1956 
Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, International, for The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1957
Special Award, Mystery Writers of America, for The Terrapin, 1963 
Silver Dagger Award, Best Foreign Novel, Crime Writers' Association, for The Two Faces of January, 1964
Prix de l'Humour noir Xavier Forneret for L'Amateur d'escargots ) (English title: Eleven), 1975


Kennedy, Randy. “Patricia Highsmith, Writer Of Crime Tales, Dies at 74” New York Times, February 5, 1991. https://www.nytimes.com/1995/02/05/obituaries/patricia-highsmith-writer-of-crime-tales-dies-at-74.html 

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