The Price of Salt

The Price of Salt

by Patricia Highsmith, Claire Morgan

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Overview

2016 Reprint of 1952 Edition. "The Price of Salt" is Highsmith's only lesbian novel. She is best known for her Ripley detective novels. It is a fairly realistic look at lesbian life in the 1950s. Originally published under the pseudonym of Claire Morgan to protect Highsmith's identity, this novel tells the story of two women and a decision that each one had to make. "For Therese happiness meant risking her future, for Carol it meant sacrificing her past, and for neither could the happiness, if chosen, be assured, for it lay outside of convention, scorned by society, condemned by law."---From the cover flap. Unlike other lesbian novels of the time, this struck a positive note for the relationship, making it a political statement of sorts, and an enduring classic for this genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684220052
Publisher: Martino Fine Books
Publication date: 07/13/2016
Pages: 254
Sales rank: 211,581
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt,The Blunderer and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

Date of Birth:

January 19, 1921

Date of Death:

February 4, 1995

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas

Place of Death:

Locarno, Switzerland

Education:

B.A., Barnard College, 1942

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Price of Salt 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought a hard copy of this book years ago and finally read it last summer. This is a "must read" for anyone under the age of 35; times were so different. You just have no idea unless you experienced it first hand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast read very much a comming of age. It is also a look back to the 50's.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite different than the movie...the novel focuses much more on Therese. Better than the film IMO. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real, thoughtful, and a fine reminder of the damage social mores can cause.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wod have loved to know more about Highsmith. Just enough strange aspects to give jer stories suspense and an unsettling feeling as well as a touch of genines. It's not so surprising that so many of her stories have been made into movies ...with gay and lesbian themes going back to Strangers on a train with known actors and a gay sub theme.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this before I planned to see the movie "Carol." It will be interesting how this will be acted. I do imagine it will be superior! The book is interesting especially when the reader takes the time to read the brief historical context at the end. Don't be like many moviegoers who get up still chomping on popcorn and leave during the credits! You will lose out on learning the significance of this kind of book when it was written and published. Our society has made leaps of progress!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It made it better picturing Cate Blanchett as Carol. She is perfect for the role. I can't wait to see the movie.
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