Patricia Highsmith, author of classics such as The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train, was a lesbian and a writer who defied simple categorization. Gore Vidal called her: "One of our greatest modernist writers." And The Cleveland Plain Dealer rightly commented: "Patricia Highsmith is often called a mystery or crime writer, which is a bit like calling Picasso a draftsman."
Meaker and Highsmith met in New York City, became lovers, and embarked on a romance amidst the bohemian set of Greenwich Village and the literary crowd of Fire Island. Written with wit and brassy candor, this is a revealing look at a controversial icon of popular American fiction.
Marijane Meaker is the author of more than 40 books and recipient of many awards; writing under the pen-name Vin Packer, she wrote the lesbian paperback best-seller Spring Fire (Cleis Press).
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This is Meaker’s account of her romance and then ongoing friendship with Patricia Highsmith, famous for “A Stranger on a Train” among other books. She wrote what was considered the first modern positive lesbian novel under the name Claire Morgan. Her books were very strange, and she herself, by the accounts in this book, could be extremely unpleasant harping on her anti-semite beliefs and with prejudices against people of color. If the time had been now, she would have harped probably on political correctness. Given that she wasn’t a very good friend to Meaker, the author did an excellent job of presenting a rank and unbiased look at Patricia Highsmith. Meaker wrote many lesbian pulp fiction novels under various names, one of the more famous being “Spring Fire” under the name Vin Packer.
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