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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

January 19th, 2002

In 1921, American novelist Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1955) is born Mary Patricia Plangman just outside Fort Worth, Texas.

Patricia Highsmith, b. January 19, 1921, d. 1995

highsmithyoungish.pngHighsmith’s oeuvre is one of the most unsettling in literature because she repeatedly portrays amorality and perversity triumphant. The Ripley books show Tom Ripley getting away with murder over and over, and her short stories make your flesh crawl. If the writing weren’t so good one could dismiss her, but she’s brilliant.

Suggested Reading Novels Strangers on a Train, 1950. The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1955. A Game for the Living, 1958. The Tremor of Forgery, 1969. Ripley Under Ground, 1970. Ripley’s Game, 1974. The Boy Who Followed Ripley, 1980. Ripley Under Water, 1991. Stories The Snail-Watcher and Other Stories, 1970. Little Tales of Misogyny, 1974. Mermaids on the Gold Course, 1985.

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