January 19: Happy Birthday, Patricia Highsmith Stangers on a Train , The Talented Mr. Ripley and Edith's Diary are the novels of Patricia Highsmith , who was born on this day in 1921. Adaptations of her work crackled over the airwaves in the era of Classic Radio. In 1951, Lux Radio Theater presented an adaptation of Stangers on a Train , starring Ruth Roman and Ray Milland . Highsmith walked a tightrope between literary and crime fiction. The themes of lesbianism in her work are part of what lend her work its literary tint. As one can see, her work was widely adapted, not just into old time radio shows but also movies .