The Price of Salt is a romance novel by Patricia Highsmith, first published under the . Highsmith recalled completing the book's outline in two hours that night, likely under the influence of chickenpox which she discovered she had only. Orders made between 23rd May & 3rd June will have a longer processing time due to our annual stock take. We appreciate your kind understanding on the. The Price of Salt, published in , is considered the first book—and the only one for a very long time afterwards—to depict a lesbian relationship with a happy .

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Uploaded by: SHALANDA The Price of Salt, or Carol (): Patricia touted as " the novel of a love that society forbids," the book soon became a cult classic. The Price of Salt, or Carol by Patricia Highsmith, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. But only "The Price of Salt," her most unusual novel, was inspired by a . Schenkar's latest book is Patricia Highsmith's authorized literary.

The Price of Salt

The s were a time without gay rights, Facebook, or pithy hashtags to express your distaste with society without getting out of bed. And when you could find gay characters in books, TV, and movies, they were usually villainous, devious, or otherwise diabolical.

Lesbian pulp fiction is infamous for having its characters either turn straight in the end or, failing to be "cured" of their gayness, die in some horrible fashion, like hanging themselves or being crushed by a falling tree. The Price of Salt tells a different story, though.

While it explores a young lesbian trying to find her place in a heterosexual-male dominated world, Therese never feels obligated to conform. She wants to find her own identity and her own life, while remaining true to herself and her sexuality.

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Patricia Highsmith didn't write her book as an expressly political text, and she didn't intend to bring about great social change, but by portraying her characters as normal people and giving them a happy ending, she went against the norm.

That's how change begins. All rights reserved. Wait, no, her name is Carol. Cite This Page.

Logging out…. Logging out You've been inactive for a while, logging you out in a few seconds I'm Still Here! She submits to an agreement that gives him full custody of Rindy and leaves her with limited supervised visits. Though heartbroken, Therese returns to New York to rebuild her life. Therese and Carol arrange to meet again.

What Patricia Highsmith did for love: 'The Price of Salt' and the secrets behind 'Carol'

Therese, still hurt that Carol abandoned her in a hopeless attempt to maintain a relationship with Rindy, declines Carol's invitation to live with her. They part, each headed for a different evening engagement. Therese, after a brief flirtation with an English actress that leaves her ashamed, quickly reviews her relationships —"loneliness swept over her like a rushing wind"— and goes to find Carol, who greets her more eagerly than ever before.

Background[ edit ] According to Highsmith, the novel was inspired by a blonde woman in a mink coat [b] who ordered a doll from her while Highsmith was working as a temporary sales clerk in the toy section of Bloomingdale's in New York City during Christmas season of [c] Perhaps I noticed her because she was alone, or because a mink coat was a rarity, and because she was blondish and seemed to give off light.

The True Price of Salt: On the Book that Became “Carol”

With the same thoughtful air, she downloadd a doll, one of two or three I had shown her, and I wrote her name and address on the receipt, because the doll was to be delivered to an adjacent state.

It was a routine transaction, the woman paid and departed.

But I felt odd and swimmy in the head, near to fainting, yet at the same time uplifted, as if I had seen a vision. As usual, I went home after work to my apartment, where I lived alone.

That evening I wrote out an idea, a plot, a story about the blondish and elegant woman in the fur coat. I wrote some eight pages in longhand in my then-current notebook or cahier. All are struggling to find a place for themselves in the world.

The paperboard cover of the Bantam edition balanced the words "The Novel of a Love Society Forbids" with a reassuring quote from The New York Times that said the novel "[handles] explosive material Highsmith submitted to publicity interviews as well, though she resented questions about her sexuality and personal relationships. Grundy ", referencing the character who embodies conventional propriety.

Carol saw her, seemed to stare at her incredulously a moment while Therese watched the slow smile growing, before her arm lifted suddenly, her hand waved a quick, eager greeting that Therese had never seen before.

Therese walked toward her. It was regarded for many years as the only lesbian novel with a happy ending.

She was pleased that it had become popular for that reason and said, "I never thought about it when I wrote it. I just told the story.

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Prior to this book, homosexuals male and female in American novels had had to pay for their deviation by cutting their wrists, drowning themselves in a swimming pool, or by switching to heterosexuality so it was stated , or by collapsing—alone and miserable and shunned—into a depression equal to hell. Highsmith depicts Therese as puzzled when her experience does not match that " butch-femme paradigm": [16] She had heard about girls falling in love, and she knew what kind of people they were and what they looked like.

Neither she nor Carol looked like that.The two begin to spend time together. And Proust's broken love chord ripples through all Pat's work.

On a road in Nebraska, after the detective has followed them for miles and clearly intends to continue doing so, Carol confronts him and demands that he hand over any evidence against her.

Carol, always under control, suave and sophisticated can appear as a spider spinning a web to trap Therese. Because of the happy or at least, non-tragic ending which defied the lesbian pulp formula, and because of the unconventional characters who defied stereotypes about female homosexuals, [h] The Price of Salt was popular among lesbians in the s [44] and continued to be with later generations.