Nights of Noir: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Plunge into the world of hardboiled detectives, femme fatales, and nihilistic grifters through novels of the classic era of American crime fiction. Explore our spring selection of four powerful books from the 1930s to the 1950s that left an indelible mark on American literature, film, and popular culture.
Apr 12, The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath. Here, in this first Ripley novel, we are introduced to suave Tom Ripley, a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan. A product of a broken home, branded a “sissy” by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley meets a wealthy industrialist who hires him to bring his playboy son, Dickie Greenleaf, back from gallivanting in Italy. Soon Ripley’s fascination with Dickie’s debonair lifestyle turns obsessive as he finds himself enraged by Dickie’s ambivalent affections for Marge, a charming American dilettante. 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.
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Early in life, Eusebio Diaz realized he was drawn to the dark tales of Edgar Allen Poe, which developed into a passion for noir novels that exposed the underside of humanity and celebrated the poetry of the downtrodden. Diaz is presently working on a book set in his birthplace and hometown, Carrizo Springs.
William Glenn has had a long love affair with literary and cinematic noir, expressing and exploring his obsession on the blog Zone: improvisations on literature: music: film. He co-founded the bilingual literary journal Terra Incognita and is the author of A Brief Guide to American Poetry (2005). Glenn is a librarian at UTSA.