Saturday, November 14, 2015

Solving the Many Mysteries of What Became ‘Carol’ by Joan Schenkar

Cate Blanchett in a scene from the coming film “Carol,” based on the novel “The Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith.CreditThe Weinstein Company

When “The Price of Salt,” Patricia Highsmith’s second novel, was finally published in 1952, it had already cost its dishy young author a wagonload of worry, a telephone book full of friends, and the one lover — a beautiful, witty, reckless Main Line socialite — she couldn’t live without.   

“Salt” was so personal that Highsmith couldn’t live with it. One character, Therese, “came from my own bones,” she wrote; the other, Carol, from her desire for the lover she’d lost. (Cate Blanchett plays Carol and Rooney Mara is Therese in Todd Haynes’s film adaptation, “Carol,” opening Friday, Nov. 20.)

Be sure to check out Joan Schenkar's article in the Sunday NYT at 

Schenkar never fails to deliver anything less then perfection with a force and intelligence that leaves you wanting for more.  Like her wonderfully crafted and meticullously researched biography of Miss Highsmith, “The Talented Miss Highsmith”, Schenkar remains steadfast to the life and times of Highsmith.  

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