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Ah, love

A recent post by nihilistic_kid inspired me to look up Patricia Highsmith's Wikipedia entry, which led me in turn to this Telegraph interview with Highsmith's former lover Marijane Meaker. Meaker describes how, following their final break-up, she and Highsmith purged their feelings by fictionally murdering one another:

Highsmith wrote a bitter book, The Cry of the Owl, killing off the character based on Meaker. "I am knifed to death - for several pages - at the end," chuckles Meaker, who wrote a similar book: "I gave Pat her father's name - Plangman - and murdered her."

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supergee
Dec. 14th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Meaker has had an interesting career too, writing noir, lesbian pulp, and YA under different names (also in Wikipedia).

Edited at 2009-12-14 09:43 pm (UTC)
bibliofile
Dec. 15th, 2009 07:17 am (UTC)
For that reason, I've heard that it can be quite satisfying to be a mystery writer. Does this mean you might consider switching genres yourself someday?
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