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Patricia Highsmith

1921 - 1995

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Patricia Highsmith (born Mary Patricia Plangman; 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 2,489,722 page views. Her biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Patricia Highsmith is the 668th most popular writer (down from 614th in 2019), the 731st most popular biography from United States (down from 645th in 2019) and the 75th 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 668 out of 5,755Before her are Alfred de Vigny, Sven Hassel, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Walter Raleigh, Raymond Queneau, and Kumārajīva. After her are Giosuè Carducci, Nellie Bly, Vuk Karadžić, Masaru Emoto, Bernart de Ventadorn, and Giambattista Basile.

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Among people born in 1921, Patricia Highsmith ranks 33Before her are John Glenn, Vasily Stalin, Lotfi A. Zadeh, Gianni Agnelli, Nancy Reagan, and Kenneth Arrow. After her are Kurt Knispel, Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Lana Turner, Vasily Smyslov, Marija Gimbutas, and Georges Brassens. Among people deceased in 1995, Patricia Highsmith ranks 23Before her are Jonas Salk, Donald Pleasence, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Teresa Teng, Edward Bernays, and Louis Malle. After her are Hannes Alfvén, Fred Perry, Lana Turner, Maurizio Gucci, Ginger Rogers, and Gerald Durrell.

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Among people born in United States, Patricia Highsmith ranks 731 out of 18,182Before her are Leon Cooper (1930), Roy Scheider (1932), Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867), Robert H. Goddard (1882), Robert Nozick (1938), and Frances Farmer (1913). After her are Kamehameha I (1758), Vivian Maier (1926), Gloria Swanson (1899), George Eastman (1854), Nellie Bly (1864), and George Cukor (1899).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Patricia Highsmith ranks 75Before her are John Irving (1942), Thomas Harris (1940), Robert E. Howard (1906), William Saroyan (1908), Maya Angelou (1928), and Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867). After her are Nellie Bly (1864), H. L. Mencken (1880), Ursula K. Le Guin (1929), Neal Cassady (1926), Dashiell Hammett (1894), and John Dos Passos (1896).