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The Price of Salt, 1st Edition

  • Patricia Highsmith
  • ISBN-10: 0393918165
  • ISBN-13: 9780393918168
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

“A document of persecuted love—perfect.” —The Independent

“Highsmith was the first writer to mix roadside Americana, transgressive sex, and the impinging threat of a morals charge—and she went about it as masterfully as anyone.” —Terry Castle, The New Republic

About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.


  • The 1952 novel along with—for comparative reading—Patricia Highsmith’s two Afterwords (1984 and 1990).

  • Editorial matter by Terry Castle.

  • Background materials on The Price of Salt’s textual history and genesis (1948–52).

  • An unusually rich Criticism section, thematically arranged to promote classroom discussion. Letters to Patricia Highsmith (1952–65)—never before published—allow today’s readers to understand something of this novel’s deeply personal power, while reviews of the 1952, 1984, and 1991 editions trace the novel’s critical reception in a changing world. Other topics include lesbian pulp fiction, a brief history of lesbianism in the 1950s, and Carol, the 2014 film adaptation of The Price of Salt.

  • A Selected Bibliography.