|The Father of Rosemary's Baby Has Passed Away
||[Nov. 14th, 2007|12:45 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
Ira Levin has died at the age of 78.|
Like many people, I'm more familiar with the movies made of Levin's novels than the novels themselves: Rosemary's Baby, The Boys from Brazil and The Stepford Wives, among others. Just about everything he wrote became a modern classic. Some call him a thriller writer, others a horror or science fiction writer, and still others a satirist. It just goes to show how his work spoke on so many levels to so many readers.
One thing I didn't know, or didn't remember until now, was that he also wrote the play Deathtrap. It's not one of my favorite plays, but it's a fun one, filled with crazy twists and turns.
Levin's last novel, 1997's Son of Rosemary, was roundly trashed by both critics and readers, but it's far more likely he'll be remembered for his many successes. Not the least of which is introducing the term "Stepford wife" to the American cultural lexicon.
We should all have such a legacy.