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(Frequently Asked Questions)


Q: Who is Ira Levin?
A: Ira Levin (1929-2007) was an American novelist and playwright. (And also lyricist, librettist, and stage director.)

Q: What are his best-known works?
A: Most people cite the novels ROSEMARY'S BABY, THE STEPFORD WIVES, and THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL, as well as his play DEATHTRAP.
(Full list of works...)

Q: A lyricist? A librettist?
A: Yes. He wrote the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical DRAT! THE CAT! (whose score includes the song "She Touched Me," famously recorded by Barbra Streisand as "He Touched Me".)

Q: A stage director?
A: Once. He was the credited director for his stage play, DR. COOK'S GARDEN, having assumed the post when the show's original director exited mid-production.

Q: Did Ira Levin write the screenplays for any of the movie adaptations of his works?
A: No, Ira Levin wrote none of the screenplays for any of the movie adaptations of his works.

Q: Did he write any of those sequels to his works, e.g. Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Children, etc.?
A: The only sequel Levin wrote himself was the novel SON OF ROSEMARY, which is the sequel to ROSEMARY'S BABY.

Q: What makes this the 'official' Ira Levin website?
A: It's overseen by his family and estate.

Q: Does this site list all of Levin's works?
A: Yes - inasmuch as the works page attempts to list every published piece of writing per se by Ira Levin.