Falsely convicted of fraud, the easy-going but naive Philip Carter endures six lonely years in prison. Upon his release, Carter is a much more discerning, suspicious, and violent man.
ABOUT THE GLASS CELL (1964)
In 1961, Patricia Highsmith received a fan letter from a prison inmate. A correspondence ensued between author and inmate, and Highsmith became fascinated with the psychological traumas that incarceration can inflict. Based on a true story, The Glass Cell is Highsmith’s deeply disturbing fictionalization of everything she learned. Falsely convicted of fraud, the easy-going but naive Philip Carter is sent to prison. Despite his devotion to Hazel, his wife, and the support of David Sullivan, a lawyer and friend who tries to avenge the injustice done to him, Carter endures six lonely and drug-ravaged years. Upon his release, Carter is a much more discerning, suspicious, and violent man. For those around him, earning back his trust can mean the difference between life and death.
THE FIRST SENTENCE
“It was 3:35 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, in the State Penitentiary, and the inmates were returning from the workshops.” Keep reading The Glass Cell.
The dedication page of The Glass Cell reads, “To my dear cat, Spider. Born in Palisades, New York, now a resident of Positano, my cellmate for most of these pages.”
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