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    Patricia Highsmith's Scarce Lesbian Novel

    [Patricia Highsmith]. Claire Morgan. The Price of Salt. New York: Coward McCann, [1952].

    First edition. Octavo. 276 pages.

    Publisher's quarter black cloth with green cloth boards and red stamping on the front and spine. Mildly rubbed on spine ends and corners with light toning along page edges and hinges. Previous owner's name on the front free endpaper. There is a light fold line that runs the length of the last two pages. Dust jacket is very lightly rubbed and soiled with minor darkening along the edge. Spine ends and corners are lightly chipped. Overall, a very good copy.

    Highsmith penned this lesbian novel under a pseudonym shortly after the success of Strangers on a Train, the latter made famous by the Hitchcock film of the same name. Highly regarded today, The Price of Salt went against type at the time with its premise that two lesbians might live together happily. This break from the usual '50s formula helped The Price of Salt gain a wider and more lasting audience.

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