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Nothing That Meets the Eye (2002) [Collection]
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Summary (From the publisher):

The stories assembled in Nothing That Meets the Eye, written between 1938 and 1982, are vintage Highsmith: a gigolo-like psychopath preys on unfulfilled career women; a lonely spinster's fragile hold on reality is tethered to the bottle; an estranged postal worker invents homicidal fantasies about his co-workers. While some stories anticipate the diabolical narratives of the Ripley novels, others possess a Capra-like sweetness that forces us to see the author in a new light. From this collection, a remarkable portrait of the American psyche at mid-century emerges.

  • The Mightiest Mornings
  • Uncertain Treasure
  • Magic Casements
  • Miss Juste and the Green Rompers
  • Where the Door Is Always Open and the Welcome Mat Is Out
  • In the Plaza
  • The Hollow Oracle
  • The Great Cardhouse
  • The Car
  • The Still Point of the Turning World
  • The Pianos of the Steinachs
  • A Mighty Nice Man
  • Quiet Night
  • Doorbell for Louisa
  • A Bird in Hand
  • Music to Die By
  • Man's Best Friend
  • Born Failure
  • A Dangerous Hobby
  • The Returnees
  • Nothing That Meets the Eye
  • Two Disagreeable Pigeons
  • Variations on a Game
  • A Girl like Phyl
  • It's a Deal
  • Things Had Gone Badly
  • The Trouble with Mrs. Blynn, the Trouble with the World
  • The Second Cigarette

Original title: Nothing That Meets the Eye
Alternative titles: Nothing That Meets the Eye: The Uncollected Stories of Patricia Highsmith
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

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Edition #1: Nothing That Meets the Eye

Nothing That Meets the Eye (2002)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Most of the stories in this collection...are almost sentimental in their brutal unsentimentality. With a hard, keen eye, Highsmith crafts beautifully warped creatures and dares us to step inside their minds." Booklist
  • "A revelation to readers who've bracketed Highsmith, purely as a psychological suspense novelist" Kirkus Reviews
  • "The short story might be Highsmith's best medium...The best stories here...could really be said to burn with Pater's "hard, gemlike flame". Remarkable; highly recommended." Library Journal
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Nothing That Meets the Eye (October 7, 2002)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393051872
Dimensions: 6.28 x 9.62 x 1.35
Pages: 480

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