SLA-PH Highsmith, Patricia: Nachlass Patricia Highsmith, 1921-1995 (Bestand)

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Call number :SLA-PH
Title / Name :Highsmith, Patricia: Nachlass Patricia Highsmith
Creation date(s) :1921 - 1995
Language :Englisch
Size (free text description) :ca. 50 Laufmeter
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History of the collection :Acquisition by purchase , 1996.
Additional acquisitions and donations (correspondence, executors' files).
Biographical information :Patricia Highsmith was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on 19.01.1921 and died on 04.02.1995 in Locarno (Ticino). She was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and in New York where she studied and found work as a text writer for comic strips. Following the publication of her first thriller, Strangers on a Train (1950), she was able to make a living as a writer. She traveled extensively, especially to and in Europe, taking up residence in England in 1963. She moved to France in 1967 and finally to Switzerland (Ticino) in 1981. Patricia Highsmith wrote more than 20 novels, plus many short stories, essays and articles for the media. She owed much of her fame to the five Ripley novels, featuring the murderer and anti-hero Tom Ripley, who always somehow managed to cover up his tracks. Only part of her work is crime fiction however. Highsmith was above all concerned with the psychology of her characters, and with human relationships and the way in which they degenerate into violence. The novel The Price of Salt deals with the subject of a Lesbian relationship. Her works have inspired several films, by such well known directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Claude Chabrol, Wim Wenders and Anthony Minghella.
Acquisition information :Ankauf

Collection structure

Genre of archival collection :Nachlass
Description of the archival collection :A: Literary works: typewritten manuscripts of various novels, including unpublished fragments of The Click of the Shutting and other novels. A large number of typewritten manuscripts of partly unpublished short stories and essays. Some 39 'cahiers' or literary notebooks.
A: A large collection of sketches and water colors by the author.
B: Family correspondence. - Correspondence with publishers. - Letters from the author to recipients including: Dan and Florine Coates, Carl Laszlo, Charles Latimer, Kate Kingsley Skattebøl. Letters to the author, dating mainly from circa 1970, and from correspondents including: Paul Bowles, Roger Clarke, Dan Coates, Graham Greene, Barbara Ker-Seymer, Charles Latimer, Patricia Losey, Mary McCarthy, MariJane Meaker, Kate Kingsley Skattebøl, Muriel Spark, Gore Vidal.
C: Memorabilia: diaries, photo albums, identification documents, family trees, household items (typewriter, pictures, etc.).
D: Collections: editions of her works, scrapbooks containing press clippings about the author, audiovisual material, her personal library.
Finding aids :Finding aids
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Conditions governing use and acces

Acces restrictions :Documents are available for consultation only in the SLA Reading Room, and are subject to certain restrictions above all in relation to the inherent personal rights and copyright.

Sachverwandte Unterlagen

Presentation in exhibitions :Patricia Highsmith. Exhibition of the Swiss National Library/Swiss Literary Archives and the Strauhof Zürich 2006/2007


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