This article about the life and work of Patricia Highsmith places her fiction in the context of her biography, and in particular her own sexuality. While it focuses primarily on her novel The Price of Salt, it also discusses the Ripley novels. Moreover, its examination of Highsmith's own lesbianism is applicable to The Talented Mr. Ripley, with its themes of desire and homosexuality.
The Talented Mr. Ripley Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for The Talented Mr. Ripley is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.