Mexico City: UNAM, Ediciones Era, 2000. first edition. Paperback. 197p., wrps. Fine. Item #7282
This novel was published in 1952 under the pseudonym of Claire Morgan and under the title of The price of salt (The price of salt). Critics treated the book with a mixture of bewilderment and respect, but the success of the audience was immediate and more than a million copies were sold. The novel was not edited again, until in 1984 it reappears with the title Carol, which had originally been given by the author and signed by her with her real name, Patricia Highsmith. Carol is a novel of love between women (hence the decision to publish it under the pseudonym, not to be classified as a lesbian writer), which is read with the same fascinated attention as the author's detective novels. Higsmith conceived Carol in 1948. It was used for a season in the toy section of a department store, and one day, an elegant blonde woman wrapped in mink came to buy a doll, gave a name and an address to be sent and He she left. Patricia Higsmith went home and wrote the whole argument of Carol in one go.