This Sweet Sickness by Patricia Highsmith. London. 1961. Heinemann. 240 pages. hardcover. Cover by Jack Whitsett.


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This Sweet Sickness is a chilling novel. David Kelsey was a brilliant young chemist, and the firm he worked for, Fabrics, thought very highly of him. Everyone at his boarding-house thought highly of him too. He was handsome, successful, polite, and devoted to his ailing mother, with whom he spent every weekend. But David’s mother had been dead for years. David spent his weekends, unknown to anyone else, under another name, in a house he'd bought and furnished for the woman he loved, Annabelle. Annabelle his solace those weekends - her tastes were his, she understood and loved him. Yet Annabelle was married to another man and lived in another town, and had never seen the house David had bought for her. David wasn't going to put up with the situation much longer. He felt it was high time he did something about it. Patricia Highsmith has written an absorbing, terrifying novel of a man's madness - a man who was normal except in one respect, and who, because of his absorption, charming as he seemed most of the time, was finally Highsmith Patriciafrightfully destructive.



Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1921, Patricia Highsmith spent much of her adult life in Switzerland and France. Educated at Barnard College, where she studied English, Latin, and Greek, she had her first novel, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, published in 1950 and saw it quickly made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock. Despite receiving little recognition in her native land during her lifetime, Highsmith, the author of more than twenty books, won the O. Henry Memorial Award, The Edgar Allan Poe Award, Le Grand Prix de Littérarure Policière, and the Award of the Crime Writers’ Association of Great Britain. She died in Switzerland in 1995, and her literary archives are maintained in Berne.






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