Sunday, 9 May 2010

Patricia Highsmith Shelf Porn

And for today's second post, here's a little more shelf porn for you, this time featuring my Patricia Highsmith collection:











Probably a little hard to work out what's what down the far end there, so here's a full frontal shot:











Phwoar. From right to left: first UK editions (all Heinemann – apart from the final two, which were published by Bloomsbury – all hardback, all action, all the time) of The Two Faces of January, The Cry of the Owl, The Glass Cell, A Suspension of Mercy, Those Who Walk Away, Ripley Under Ground, A Dog's Ransom, Ripley's Game, Little Tales of Misogyny (short story collection – very dark, quite amusing, and a good insight into Highsmith's views on women), Edith's Diary, People Who Knock on the Door, The Boy Who Followed Ripley, Found in the Street, Ripley Under Water, and Small g: A Summer Idyll. And on the top are a Penguin paperback of The Tremor of Forgery, a first (and very rare) Corgi paperback edition of Strangers on a Train, and first Pan paperback editions of The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Blunderer (which I'm reading at the moment), and Deep Water.

Phew. I've been collecting Highsmiths for a couple of years now, so that's not a bad little collection. And it strikes me it might be a useful resource (for, er, no one in particular) to do a post with pictures of all the UK first editions at some point. I don't have them all, of course, but I've got the lion's share, and I'm sure I can find images of the ones I'm missing. Hmm...

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