About the author: Noel Dorman Mawer teaches literature and sociology at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. A native of the Pacific Northwest, she received her PhD from Bryn Mawr College. She wrote her PhD on Percy Bysshe Shelley and has published several papers on the poet.2004 0-7734-6508-1
This is the first book-length study of all of Highsmith’s work, including the short fiction and her occasional writings, such as book reviews. It places the work in both cultural and personal context, and contains a comprehensive bibliography and review of the literature. Though often dismissed in the US as simply a suspense writer whose books became movies (Strangers on a Train, The Talented Mr. Ripley), in Europe Highsmith is considered a major novelist and much is written about her.