The Talented Mr. Ripley

Author: 
Patricia Highsmith
Blurb: 
(Book 1 of the Ripliad.) Tom Ripley, a young striver, is 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. A dark reworking of Henry James's THE AMBASSADORS, 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. Basis for the 1999 film of the same name directed by Anthony Minghella and PURPLE NOON (1960) with Alain Delon.
Cover for the 2008 Norton reprint of The Talented Mr. Ripley
Representation
Some information on the characters in the book.
Female protagonist: 
No
Protagonist of Colour: 
No
Queer relationship: 
No
Publication
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Publishing date: 
1955
ISBN: 
9780393332148
Publisher: 
Coward-McCann
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The ultimate hatefuck-the-rich novel. Ripley isn't canonically gay, but he is coded as queer (see his aunt's description of him as a "sissy," his obsession with Dickie Greenleaf).

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