The price of salt is the famous lesbian love story by patricia highsmith written under the pseudonym claire morgan the author became notorious due to the storys latent lesbian content and happy ending the latter having been unprecedented in homosexual fiction. I am stunned after reading the ww norton authorized edition of the price of salt or carol by patricia highsmith highsmiths writing is an engaging mystery a thriller and all the same a love story between two women in the early nineteen fifties. The price of salt while greatly different from her other works is perhaps patricia highsmiths best achievement it certainly is her most personal and emotionalthe price of salt is a story of a young woman therese who is captivated at first sight by carol an older married woman. The price of salt later republished under the title carol is a 1952 romance novel by patricia highsmith first published under the pseudonym claire morganhighsmith known as a suspense writer based on her psychological thriller strangers on a train used an alias because she did not want to be tagged as a lesbian book writer and because of the use of her own life references for . From the publisher i have long had a theory that nabokov knew the price of salt and modeled the climactic cross country car chase in lolita on therese and carols frenzied bid for freedom writes terry castle in the new republic about this novel arguably patricia highsmiths finest first published in 1952 under the pseudonym clare morgan
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