The Price of Salt is a romance novel by Patricia Highsmith, first published under the . Highsmith recalled completing the book's outline in two hours that night, likely under the influence of chickenpox which she discovered she had only. Orders made between 23rd May & 3rd June will have a longer processing time due to our annual stock take. We appreciate your kind understanding on the. The Price of Salt, published in , is considered the first book—and the only one for a very long time afterwards—to depict a lesbian relationship with a happy .

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Uploaded by: SYBIL The Price of Salt, or Carol (): Patricia touted as " the novel of a love that society forbids," the book soon became a cult classic. The Price of Salt, or Carol by Patricia Highsmith, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. But only "The Price of Salt," her most unusual novel, was inspired by a . Schenkar's latest book is Patricia Highsmith's authorized literary.

These days, almost everyone knows someone in who is gay or is gay themselves , and gay and lesbian characters, while still underrepresented in movies and on TV, are featured in a variety of roles. It wasn't always this way, though.

The s were a time without gay rights, Facebook, or pithy hashtags to express your distaste with society without getting out of bed. And when you could find gay characters in books, TV, and movies, they were usually villainous, devious, or otherwise diabolical.

Lesbian pulp fiction is infamous for having its characters either turn straight in the end or, failing to be "cured" of their gayness, die in some horrible fashion, like hanging themselves or being crushed by a falling tree.

The Price of Salt tells a different story, though.

While it explores a young lesbian trying to find her place in a heterosexual-male dominated world, Therese never feels obligated to conform.

She wants to find her own identity and her own life, while remaining true to herself and her sexuality. Patricia Highsmith didn't write her book as an expressly political text, and she didn't intend to bring about great social change, but by portraying her characters as normal people and giving them a happy ending, she went against the norm.

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by Patricia Highsmith

Logging out…. Logging out The hardcover first edition, published in After a bout of adult chicken pox, Highsmith feverishly plotted the story of The Price of Salt, mapping a cross-country road trip between the two women as their intense attraction is realized in highway hotel rooms and long car drives on deserted back roads.

Highsmith, who had been working in a department store while submitting mystery stories to digest-size magazines, decided to publish the novel under a pseudonym, hoping to avoid readers mining the plot for hints of her own personal life. Highsmith sent the manuscript to the publishers of Strangers on the Train, her recent potboiler that was being adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock. They rejected the novel.

Another publisher released the novel in hardcover in , and a pulp paperback quickly followed. As a cent paperback with a lurid cover, The Price of Salt entered a growing market.

Although these paperbacks were marketed as a cheap and tawdry form of entertainment, they offered many women solace and comfort in the knowledge that they were not the only ones struggling with their sexual identity. As an act of secretive reading, the lesbian pulp novel formed an invisible lesbian community.

A paperback edition of the novel from While The Price of Salt was a paperback bestseller across the country, it also represented an important axis—some might say fracturing—in the pre-existing trajectory of queer literature.

To compare The Price of Salt to Spring Fire, another bestselling lesbian-themed paperback published the same year, is to see how much The Price of Salt broke the mould.Our very first date was to see Carol in the movie theatre.

And one sunny afternoon in Switzerland, I opened a Highsmith diary at random and read Pat's sulphurous description of what my dignified, brilliant, long-dead play agent looked like in when she was young, naked and in flagrante in Highsmith's narrow bed.

Rolling into London in the scented spring of , Pat celebrated the English sale of "Strangers on a Train" by kissing her new publisher's wife and seducing the Irish girlfriend of her old Manhattan mentor.

Therese, still hurt that Carol abandoned her in a hopeless attempt to maintain a relationship with Rindy, declines Carol's invitation to live with her. And even after the deluge slowed, she still received letters from both women and men right up until the time she wrote the afterword, over three decades after the book had first come out.

Carol , a film adaptation nominated for six Academy Awards and nine British Academy Film Awards , was released in She didn't separate the love that was natural to her from her other "natural" feelings: An unsuccessful attempt was made in the early s to turn the novel into a movie.