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Highsmith, Patricia. THE ANIMAL-LOVER'S BOOK OF BEASTLY MURDER: THE LIMITED EDITION. New York City, NY: Otto Penzler Books, 1986. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 230 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of short stories. One of the greatest short-story collections of the 20th century. Limited Slipcased Edition of 250 numbered and signed copies. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The Limited Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Otto Penzler Books: Regular-sized volume format. Mustard hard boards with green titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Text by Patricia Highsmith. Matching mustard slipcase. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in a signed collectible edition format, one of Patricia Highsmith's most original creations ever, stories of animals and pets who exact terminal (and in Highsmith's cold-eyed view, well-deserved) revenge against their human master-oppressors. "Grisly and atmospheric, these are perfectly nasty little tales told by an acknowledged Master of the form. Whether it's Eddie, the Capuchin monkey, annoyed at the petty thief who employs him, or Djemal, the camel, getting back at a cruel driver, Highsmith's creatures are intelligent, vengeful, and bloodthirsty. Even the aged Baron, a pampered and sophisticated city dog with worn-down teeth, finds a way of settling the score with the human he dislikes. The stories feature small worlds of animal amorality in which the sweet taste of revenge leaves no aftertaste of guilt. It's a rich offering, best sampled in small bites" (Otto Penzler). There are many crime-and-mystery thriller writers who can give even the most jaded reader a really good scare. Highsmith cuts more deeply, leaving an open wound, because she makes us see the void called the human soul. This is what makes her a truly ground-breaking Modernist, not just another great genre writer. Her greatest creation, Tom Ripley, is unique in American literature: The unsurpassed embodiment of amorous amorality of our time. Patricia Highsmith is best-known as the author of "The Talented Mr. Ripley", which was the basis of a very fine film by Anthony Minghella, with Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law. She wrote five "Ripley" novels in all and the third one, "Ripley's Game", became the basis of yet another fine film, by the great Italian director Liliana Cavani, with John Malkovich as the older (and more assured) Tom Ripley. Alfred Hitchcock was among the first to see her unique genius and adapted her debut novel, "Strangers On a Train", into one of his greatest films. An absolute "must-have" title for Patricia Highsmith collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated as such on the Front Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully numbered and signed in black pen by the author: "Number __Patricia Highsmith". This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Highsmith signed very few copies of her books, almost all of them to people she knew and was close to. Her Limited Editions are most collectors' best chance of getting a reasonably-priced signed book by her. A rare signed copy thus. Regarded by Gore Vidal as "one of our great modernist writers". One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PATRICIA HIGHSMITH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0892961716. $150.00

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