For awhile in her life, she wrote comic books between 1942-1948. See the link below.
"Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 – February 4, 1995) was an American novelist and short-story writer most widely known for her psychological thrillers, which have led to more than two dozen film adaptations. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times, notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. In addition to her acclaimed series about murderer Tom Ripley, she wrote many short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humor. Although she wrote specifically in the genre of crime fiction, her books have been lauded by various writers and critics as being artistic and thoughtful enough to rival mainstream literature.Michael Dirda observed that, "Europeans honored her as a psychological novelist, part of anexistentialist tradition represented by her own favorite writers, in particular Dostoevsky, Conrad,Kafka, Gide, and Camus.."
" The young Highsmith had an intense, complicated relationship with her mother and resented her stepfather and in later years she sometimes tried to win him over to her side of the argument in her confrontations with her mother. According to Highsmith, her mother once told her that she had tried to abort her by drinkingturpentine. Highsmith never resolved this love-hate relationship, which haunted her for the rest of her life, and which she fictionalized in her short story"The Terrapin", about a young boy who stabs his mother to
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