Patricia Highsmith was born 19 January 1921, and died 4 February 1995
Patricia Highsmith: Nine Writing Quotes
- My New Year’s Eve Toast: to all the devils, lusts, passions, greeds, envies, loves, hates, strange desires, enemies ghostly and real, the army of memories, with which I do battle — may they never give me peace.
- I can’t write if someone else is in the house, not even the cleaning woman.
- I think J.D. Salinger is correct in granting no interviews, and in making no speeches.
- I have no television - I hate it.
- I don’t want to know movie directors. I don’t want to be close to them. I don’t want to interfere with their work. I don’t want them to interfere with mine.
- Honesty, for me, is usually the worst policy imaginable.
- I have Graham Greene’s telephone number, but I wouldn’t dream of using it. I don’t seek out writers because we all want to be alone.
- I like to work for four or five hours a day. I aim for seven days a week.
- My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.
Patricia Highsmith was the author of more than 20 novels, includingStrangers on a Train, The Price of Salt and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories. Her psychological thrillers were adapted into more than 20 films.
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