Patricia Highsmith

1921 - 1995

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Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 – February 4, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer widely known for her psychological thrillers, including her series of five novels featuring the character Tom Ripley. She wrote 22 novels and numerous short stories throughout her career spanning nearly five decades, and her work has led to more than two dozen film adaptations. Her writing derived influence from existentialist literature, and questioned notions of identity and popular morality. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Patricia Highsmith has received more than 1,716,989 page views. Her biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Patricia Highsmith is the 614th most popular writer (up from 684th in 2019), the 645th most popular biography from United States (up from 697th in 2019) and the 68th most popular American Writer.

Patricia Highsmith is most famous for her book "The Talented Mr. Ripley."

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Among writers, Patricia Highsmith ranks 614 out of 5,794Before her are Edmond Rostand, Klaus Mann, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Alfred Döblin, Osip Mandelstam, and Ahmad ibn Fadlan. After her are Laura Ingalls Wilder, Dietrich Eckart, Antoine François Prévost, Luis Sepúlveda, Louise Hay, and Giacomo Leopardi.

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Among people born in 1921, Patricia Highsmith ranks 25Before her are Giulietta Masina, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Gunnar Nordahl, Paulo Freire, Nancy Reagan, and Deborah Kerr. After her are John Glenn, Gianni Agnelli, Kenneth Arrow, Vasily Stalin, Nexhmije Hoxha, and Vasily Smyslov. Among people deceased in 1995, Patricia Highsmith ranks 19Before her are Eugene Wigner, Alec Douglas-Home, Adolf Butenandt, Edward Bernays, Louis Malle, and Donald Pleasence. After her are Hannes Alfvén, Jonas Salk, Teresa Teng, Ginger Rogers, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, and Siad Barre.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Patricia Highsmith ranks 645 out of 15,968Before her are Roy Orbison (1936), Francis Gary Powers (1929), Charles Taze Russell (1852), Benjamin Thompson (1753), Robert Mitchum (1917), and Samuel Barber (1910). After her are Matt Damon (1970), Gary Becker (1930), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), Louise Hay (1926), Monica Lewinsky (1973), and John Glenn (1921).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Patricia Highsmith ranks 68Before her are Harper Lee (1926), Harriet Tubman (1820), George R. R. Martin (1948), Dean Koontz (1945), Eugene O'Neill (1888), and Robert Ludlum (1927). After her are Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), Louise Hay (1926), Thomas Harris (1940), L. Ron Hubbard (1911), John Irving (1942), and Dashiell Hammett (1894).