Ira Levin


Born
in The Bronx, New York City, New York, The United States
August 27, 1929

Died
November 12, 2007

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Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English.

After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.

Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned into a movie in 1958, and co-starred Don Knotts, Griffith's long-time co-star and friend. No Time for Sergeants is generally considered the precursor to Gomer Pyle, USMC.

Levin's first novel, A Kiss Before Dying, was well received, earning him the 1954 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. A Kiss Before Dying was turned into a movie twice, first in 1956,
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“Anyone who needs more than one suitcase is a tourist, not a traveler”
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“Being happy or unhappy - is that really the most important thing? Knowing the truth would be a different kind of happiness - a more satisfying kind, I think, even if it turned out to be a sad kind.”
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Polls

June 2017 New School Classic Poll

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, 351 pgs, 1905
 
  49 votes, 14.7%

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, 295 pgs, 1982
 
  46 votes, 13.8%

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 218 pgs, 1996
 
  43 votes, 12.9%

 
  25 votes, 7.5%

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 448, 1969
 
  22 votes, 6.6%

My Ántonia by Willa Cather, 232 pgs, 1918
 
  22 votes, 6.6%

Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin, 308 pgs, 1967
 
  18 votes, 5.4%

 
  17 votes, 5.1%

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, 231 pgs, 1939
 
  13 votes, 3.9%

Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence, 654 pgs, 1913
 
  13 votes, 3.9%

 
  12 votes, 3.6%

 
  11 votes, 3.3%

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pgs, 1931
 
  10 votes, 3.0%

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pgs, 1950
 
  10 votes, 3.0%

 
  8 votes, 2.4%

 
  7 votes, 2.1%

Titanic by Filson Young, 236 pgs, 1912
 
  5 votes, 1.5%

 
  3 votes, 0.9%

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