Books to Movies: Carol

A teaser trailer has been unveiled for the upcoming movie Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. I’m always eager to see a new movie with Cate Blanchett, and what I didn’t realize at first was that this movie is based on the book The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. It’s been a long time since I read any books by Highsmith, so I’m looking forward to revisiting this one. Originally published under the name “Claire Morgan,” it was first rejected by Highsmith’s publisher before being published by Howard-McCann. The cover art pictured is from the Bantam paperback edition.

The Guardian has an interesting article about the woman behind the book. Here’s an excerpt (click the link to read the full article):

“She also admitted a specific inspiration: a ‘blondish woman in a fur coat’, who wafted into Macy’s in New York to buy her daughter a doll. Highsmith was working there as a sales-girl during the Christmas rush. On her day off she took a bus to New Jersey, found the woman’s house (from the address on the sales slip) and simply walked by it.

“There was another inspiration for the character of Carol: Highsmith’s former lover Virginia Kent Catherwood, the elegant and well-heeled socialite from Philadelphia, whose divorce in the 1940s had kept gossip columnists in New York in a state of scandalised delirium with its lesbian intrigue. “Ginnie” and Highsmith were lovers in the mid 1940s and full vent is given in Highsmith’s diary to her powerful desire for her lover and also, at times, the feelings of murderous vengefulness that are expressed in all of Highsmith’s writings.”

We have copies of The Price of Salt available in the Library—just check our catalog, or ask any of our staff for assistance.


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