Virago Modern Classics celebrates the 60th Anniversary of
The Talented Mr Ripley
Beautiful cloth-bound designer hardback edition
New introduction by John Sutherland
Ripley travels to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American
back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself very fond of Dickie
Greenleaf. He wants to be like him – in fact, he wants to be him. Suave,
agreeable and utterly amoral, Ripley will stop at nothing to accomplish his
The Talented Mr. Ripley serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confidence
man, whose talent for murder and self-invention is chronicled in four
subsequent Ripley novels. One of the most ground-breaking and influential
characters in crime fiction.
Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and moved to New York when she was six, where she attended the Julia Richman High School and Barnard College. In her senior year she edited the college magazine, having decided at the age of sixteen to become a writer. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, was made into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The Talented Mr Ripley, published in 1955, introduced the fascinating anti-hero Tom Ripley, and was made into an Oscar-winning film in 1999 by Anthony Minghella. Graham Greene called Patricia Highsmith 'the poet of apprehension', saying that she 'created a world of her own – a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger' and The Times named her no.1 in their list of the greatest ever crime writers. Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland, in February 1995.