"How easy it was to lie when one had to lie": First Edition of Patricia Highsmiths First Book; Inscribed by Her
Strangers on a Train.
Item Number: 1519
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1950.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Light wear to the spine tips, near fine in a very good dust jacket that shows some of the endemic fading to the spine panel. Inscribed by the author. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare signed and inscribed.
"For eliciting the menace that lurks in familiar surroundings, there's no one like Patricia Highsmith" (Time). The success of Strangers on a Train allowed Highsmith to quit "hack" writing for magazines and devote her energies full time to fiction. "Her books evoke a quiet tension, a persistent apprehension, which is all the more terrifying and suspenseful for its aura of plausibility" (Vinson, 643-44). It was adapted as a film in 1951, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Farley Granger and Ruth Roman.