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Carol by Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith's story of romantic obsession may be one of the most important, but still largely unrecognized, novels of the twentieth century. First published in 1952 and touted as "the novel of a love that society forbids," the book soon became a cult classic.

Based on a true story plucked from Highsmith's own life, Carol tells the riveting drama of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose routine is forever shattered by a gorgeous epiphany—the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer who comes in to buy her daughter a Christmas toy. Therese begins to gravitate toward the alluring suburban…


About the Product

Type: Paperback

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408808978

Length: 320 pages


About the Author

Patricia Highsmith was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1921 but moved to New York when she was six.

In her senior year, she edited the college magazine, having decided to become a writer at the age of sixteen. Her first novel Strangers on a Train was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. 

She wrote another 21 novels and numerous short stories through a career that spanned nearly five decades.

In 1952, writing under the pseudonym, Claire Morgan, Highsmith published the lesbian novel The Price of Salt. It was republished 38 years later as Carol under her own name and later adapted into a 2015 film. 

Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland in 1995. Her last novel Small g: A Summer Idyll was published posthumously just over a month later.

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