Literary Birthday – 19 January – Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith was born 19 January 1921, and died 4 February 1995.

Writing Quotes

  1. My New Year’s Eve Toast: to all the devils, lusts, passions, greeds, envies, loves, hates, strange desires, enemies ghostly and real, the army of memories, with which I do battle — may they never give me peace.
  2. I can’t write if someone else is in the house, not even the cleaning woman.
  3. I think J.D. Salinger is correct in granting no interviews, and in making no speeches.
  4. I have no television – I hate it.
  5. I don’t want to know movie directors. I don’t want to be close to them. I don’t want to interfere with their work. I don’t want them to interfere with mine.
  6. Honesty, for me, is usually the worst policy imaginable.
  7. I have Graham Greene’s telephone number, but I wouldn’t dream of using it. I don’t seek out writers because we all want to be alone.
  8. I like to work for four or five hours a day. I aim for seven days a week.
  9. The unconscious mind takes the germ of an idea and develops it, but usually this happens only when a writer has tried hard, and logically, to develop it himself. After he has given it up for a few hours, getting nowhere, a great advancement of the plot will pop into his head. I have been waked up in the night sometimes by a plot advancement or a solution of a problem that I had not even been dreaming about.
  10. My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.

Patricia Highsmith was an American author. She wrote more than 20 novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories. Her psychological thrillers were adapted into more than 20 films.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 19th January 2013