Robert Marasco

in The Bronx, New York City, The United States
September 22, 1936

December 10, 1998



Robert Marasco was born in the Bronx in 1936 and educated at Regis High School in Manhattan and Fordham University. A classical scholar, Marasco taught at Regis before turning to writing, with Child’s Play, an eerie melodrama about incidents of evil at a Catholic boys’ school. The play was a surprise success in 1970, running for 343 performances on Broadway and earning a Tony Award nomination for best play of the year, and was adapted for a 1972 film.

Marasco also wrote two novels: Burnt Offerings (1973) and Parlor Games (1979). Burnt Offerings was a bestseller and spawned a 1976 film adaptation directed by Dan Curtis and starring Oliver Reed, Karen Black, and Bette Davis.

Marasco died of lung cancer in 1998.

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Burnt Offerings

3.80 avg rating — 6,100 ratings — published 1973 — 9 editions
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Child's Play

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“Let it be the house, please let it be the house.”
Robert Marasco

“The closer she looked at those windows, the lovelier and more irresistible the house became.”
Robert Marasco, Burnt Offerings

“It was just curiosity of course, nothing stronger. Perfectly natural.”
Robert Marasco, Burnt Offerings


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