HIGHSMITH, Patricia, as Claire Morgan.

The Price of Salt.

New York: Bantam Books, 1953 Stock Code: 148579
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First paperback edition, first printing, of Patricia Highsmith's second novel and defining lesbian romance. The Price of Salt was originally published in a hardback by Coward-McCann in 1952.

The paperback sold nearly a million copies reaching and influencing a huge audience in this format and leading Highsmith to receive weekly correspondence, addressed to Claire Morgan, from fans of the work's uncharacteristically optimistic ending.

Highsmith chose to initially publish this work under an alias as she did not want to be categorised by the romantic content of the book, her agent warning her that she was committing career suicide by following Strangers on a Train (1950) with a blatantly lesbian novel.

The Price of Salt was re-issued under Highsmith's name with the title Carol in 1990, with addition of an afterword by her. In 2015 it was adapted into the critically acclaimed film of the same name starring Cate Blanchett.

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Octavo. Perfect bound in original pale blue paper wrappers, titles to spine in black and red, colour illustration by Barye Phillips to front cover, edges pink.


Slight creasing and rubbing to spine joints and wrapper edges, small creases to fore edge of rear cover, tiny pink printer's error to illustration on front cover, light toning, as often found, to otherwise clean contents; an attractive copy in very good condition.


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