Ira Levin, Award-Winning Author Dies

November 19, 2007

Ira Levin, 78, playwright and author of Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives and The Boys from Brazil, among other novels, died last week in New York City. Most of Levin’s bestselling books were made into movies. He also wrote Deathtrap, the long-running Broadway play.

The New York Times wrote: “Combining elements of several genres–mystery, Gothic horror, science fiction and the techno-thriller–Mr. Levin’s novels conjured up a world full of quietly looming menace, in which anything could happen to anyone at any time. In short, the Ira Levin universe was a great deal like the real one, only more so: more starkly terrifying, more exquisitely mundane.”

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