Ira Levin

Ira Levin

What we are probably given is a mixture of truth and untruth. It’s anybody’s guess as to which part is which and how much there is of each.

Ira Levin
Playwright

Ira Levin was twenty-two when he wrote his first novel, the award-winning thriller “A Kiss Before Dying,” and twenty-five when, fresh from military service, he wrote his first play, the smash-hit adaptation of Mac Hyman’s “No Time for Sergeants.” In the years since, he has continued to work both sides of the literary street. His plays include the comedy hit Critics Choice, the musical Drat! The Cat!, and the thrillers Veronica’s Room and Deathtrap. Among his novels are “Rosemary’s Baby,” generally credited (or blamed) for having sparked the current revival of occultism, “The Stepford Wives,” and the international best-seller, “The Boys from Brazil,” all of which have been made into successful films. His later plays include Footsteps and Cantorial, which enjoyed runs both Off-Broadway and in Florida. His best-selling novel “Sliver” has been made into a film. A native-born New Yorker, Mr. Levin is an alumnus of New York University and has three sons. In addition to his other accomplishments, he is a four-time winner (retired) of the “New York Magazine” Competition. Mr. Levin’s Deathtrap garnered a 1978 Tony Award nomination for Best Play and was awarded a special Edgar Award by Mystery Writers of America. www.iralevin.org