Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950's
Marijane MeakerISBN: 1573441716;
Amazon.com Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950s begins like a brainy, romantic novel complete with exotic settings, fast-paced dialogue, and a who?s who of the 1950s New York literati. All this should not be surprising given that Marijane Meaker?s tale of her two-year relationship with famed mystery novelist Patricia Highsmith comes from a pen that has crafted more than 40 works of fiction and non-fiction. Meaker?s touch is light and clear. She backlights her memoir with glimpses of the New York scene of the era: the Mafia-controlled lesbian bars, the rise of Fire Island, the rage for Freudian psychoanalysis. She doesn't attempt a detailed literary biography, nor is the book a complete psychological portrait of Highsmith. But Meaker, a self-proclaimed lover of pseudonymous disguises, does peer beneath Highsmith?s public mask to reveal her constant despair over a disapproving mother, her fascination/obsession with Germany, and her discomfort around...
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