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The author covered the trial as a cub reporter, and presciently recognized both the horror and the oddities. Levin was published in the menorah journal before he was 20, and continued to write until his death at the age of 75. The novel, for which levin was given a special edgar award by the mystery writers of america in 1957, was the basis for levins own 1957 play adaptation and the 1959 film based on it, starring orson welles. Meyer levin, american author of novels and nonfiction about the jewish people and israel. Thriftbooks sells millions of used books at the lowest everyday prices. Norman mailer referred to him as one of the best american writers working in the realistic tradition. This is a signed on front facing page, hardcover, first edition, first printing of the settlers by meyer levin. We deliver the joy of reading in 100% recycled packaging with free standard shipping on u. The avowed purpose of meyer levins compulsion is to answer the anguished question of motivethe question which must have corroded the hearts and minds of the three families involved. The haunting of meyer levin by benno weiser varon, in midstream, 22, 1976, pp. Zanuck although the principal roles are played by dean stockwell and bradford dillman, top billing went to orson welles. Compulsion by meyer levin overdrive rakuten overdrive. Meyer levin october 7, 1905 july 9, 1981 was an american novelist. Author meyer levin was a reporter and fellow university of chicago student at the time.
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Meyer levin, the author of compulsion, a highly successful novel about the 1920s leopoldloeb murder case that was made into a play and. Novelist meyer levin covered the leopoldloeb trial as a student reporter and, some 30 years later, returned to the subject and the reporters perspective in novelized form in compulsion, published in 1956. I like that levin wrote from the perspective of sid silver, a. Meyer levin has 43 books on goodreads with 4676 ratings. Click to read more about compulsion by meyer levin. The novel, for which levin was given a special edgar award by. It happened in 1924, when two rich young men kidnapped and murdered a boy simply to exercise what they believed to be their superior intellectual skills. Meyer levin was born on october 7, 1905 in chicago, illinois, usa. In this retelling of their story, leopold and loeb become judd steiner and artie straus. Levin first became known with the novel yehuda 1931.
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This compelling fictional account of the 1924 leopold and loeb murder of bobby franks makes an excellent read. We personally assess every book s quality and offer rare, outofprint treasures. Author meyer levin 19051981 was a former classmate of the two killers, and he wrote this readable account some three decades after the crime occurred. The settlers by meyer levin nook book ebook barnes. Compulsion by meyer levin meet your next favorite book. New york is in very good condition with slight vertical toning on front facing page and remainder mark on outer bottom edge of book. Written by meyer levin, audiobook narrated by chris obrien. Compulsion forces us to ask what drives some further into darkness, and some to seek redemption. Compulsion by meyer levin, 9781941493021, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. Meyer wrote the 1956 novel compulsion, inspired by the leopold and loeb case.
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