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Ira Levin was twenty-two when he wrote his first novel, the award-winning 1953 thriller A Kiss Before Dying. He followed it with his first play, the hit adaptation of Mac Hyman's No Time for Sergeants. Both were adapted for the screen, launching a career of over fifty years that was characterized by equal success as both a novelist and playwright. Levin's plays include the comedy hit Critic's Choice, the musical Drat! The Cat! (which yielded the Streisand classic He Touched Me), and Deathtrap ­ the longest-running thriller in Broadway history. His iconic novels include Rosemary's Baby, The Boys from Brazil, and The Stepford Wives (the latter coining a new adjective). A native New Yorker and graduate of the Horace Mann School and New York University, Levin was the recipient of three Edgar Allan Poe Awards, and served on the council of the Dramatists Guild until his death in 2007.


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1954 Edgar Allan Poe Award A Kiss Before Dying Best First Novel Mystery Writers of America
1978 Tony Award (nominee) Deathtrap Best Play American Theatre Wing
1980 Edgar Allan Poe Award Deathtrap Best Play Mystery Writers of America
1992 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award This Perfect Day (novel)      - Libertarian Futurist Society
1996 Bram Stoker Award (Lifetime Achievement)      - Horror Writers Association
2003 Edgar Allan Poe "Grand Master" Award (Lifetime Achievement)      - Mystery Writers of America